Army put on standby to ease pressure on petrol stations
News / Mon 27th Sep 2021 at 09:51pm
THE Army has been put on standby to help ease pressure on petrol stations and deliver fuel to where it is most needed reports the BBC.
Military tanker drivers will be trained so they are ready to be deployed if necessary, the government said.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng described it as a “sensible, precautionary step”, saying the UK had strong supplies of fuel.
The fuel industry expects demand to return to normal in the coming days.
Ministers have blamed queues at petrol stations and empty pumps on people buying fuel when they do not need it.
Many drivers rushed to stations amid fears a shortage of lorry drivers would hit fuel supplies.
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