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British government would use army to stop fuel crisis

British government would use army to stop fuel crisis

London, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The British Government is considering using Army drivers to fix the lack of tanker drivers and solve the fuel shortage in the country's gas stations, local press reported on Monday.

According to The Times and other newspapers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson met this Monday with his cabinet to address the crisis, and among the measures under discussion is to activate Operation Escalin, which was conceived in case that a Brexit agreement with the European Union was not reached last year.

Drivers began flocking to gas stations since British Petroleum and other oil companies announced they were having problems supplying those stations due to a lack of truck drivers.

In a tour of East London on Monday, Prensa Latina observed long lines of vehicles, included public transportation buses, in front of gas stations closed due to lack of fuel.

Although the Government has tried to minimize the impact of the crisis, and assures that there are sufficient reserves, the shortage of drivers for supply fuel to vehicles also affects supermarkets and fast-food outlets, raising fears of a generalized shortage for the winter season.

Brian Madderson, Chairman of Petrol Retailers Association, told Sky News on Monday that the situation could start to improve as of this Wednesday, following the weekend’s panic purchases.


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