Gasoline pumps still closed Britain sends in army

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Following a turbulent week marked by panic buying, fights at the pumps, and drivers hoarding gasoline in water bottles, Britain will begin deploying military tanker drivers to provide fuel to service stations on Monday.
Despite a chronic shortage of truck drivers, the government said on Friday that 200 military tanker troops, 100 of whom are drivers, will complete their training over the weekend and begin deliveries on Monday. While the situation calms down, our Armed Forces are prepared to fill any critical gaps and keep the country running by supporting the petroleum industry in transporting fuel to forecourts,” defence minister Ben Wallace said.
Employee shortages due by Brexit and the Covid-19 outbreak have created havoc in certain industries, interrupting fuel and pharmaceutical supply and leaving more than 100,000 pigs stuck on farms rather of being killed. According to merchants, more than 2,000 gas stations were closed, and hundreds of pumps were blocked across London and southern England, according to reports. Angry motorists formed lines that snaked their way toward London’s few remaining gas stations.
On Friday, members of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) reported that 26% of pumps were dry, 27% had just one fuel type in stock, and 47% had adequate petrol and diesel.
According to the study, “Independents, who make up 65 percent of the network, do not obtain enough fuel supply compared to other sectors like supermarkets.” Gordon Balmer, executive director of the Petrol Retail Association

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