Gasoline shortage in Britain: drivers panic, and huge queues line up at gas stations
The price at gas stations has risen to an eight-year high.
A large-scale fuel crisis has been going on in Britain for a week now. Huge queues of cars lined up at gas stations, drivers unsuccessfully try to fill tanks, fearing a shortage of gasoline and diesel fuel. Many gas stations have closed. Streets in many parts of the kingdom were completely blocked by long traffic jams.The excitement arose against the backdrop of media reports about a shortage of tank drivers delivering fuel to gas stations. The authorities assure that there is plenty of gasoline at the refineries. They blame the citizens who succumbed to panic and massively buy fuel “just in case.” Nevertheless, the government recognizes that the problem of shortage of truck drivers is real. More than 100 thousand representatives of this profession are missing in Britain. And this creates serious problems not only in the supply of fuel to gas stations, but also for supermarkets, catering and even medical institutions.
Boris Johnson's government has said that the army will be used to transport gasoline and control its distribution if necessary. So far, the authorities have decided to attract 75 army drivers. Their number will be doubled, if required. The same number of military personnel are used as support personnel.
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