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Britain deploys army to deliver fuel amid panic buying and shortages

British army personnel at the BP fuel terminal in Hemel Hempstead, U.K., on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

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LONDON — British soldiers have begun delivering fuel in the U.K., as panic buying of gasoline continues in some parts of the country.

Around 200 military personnel are to be deployed as part of Operation Escalin, a strategy devised by the British government to help ease fuel supply constraints caused by a major shortage of truck drivers. Photographs Monday morning showed soldiers in combat fatigues at a BP refinery in Hemel Hempstead, England.

Army tanker drivers have been on standby since last week. The government’s Reserve Tanker Fleet —  driven by civilians — was deployed Tuesday to deliver gasoline.

Panic buying of gasoline in the U.K. in recent weeks has caused long lines outside fuel stations, many of which have been left completely dry. While the situation has begun to improve in most parts of the country, shortages remain acute in London and England’s southeast.

The U.K. has an estimated shortage of 100,000 truck drivers, which has disrupted the delivery of fuel, food and goods around the country. Brexit, regulatory changes and the Covid-19 pandemic are among the issues contributing to the issue.

As well as utilizing the army, the government has taken steps such as suspending competition laws for the fuel industry and granting thousands of temporary visas to truck drivers, to attempt to ease the sector’s logistical challenges.

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2021-10-04 06:49:25

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