By Ron Howells • 24 September 2021 • 9:21
Army could be drafted in to deliver fuel as petrol stations in the UK forced to close
The army could be drafted in to deliver fuel as petrol stations in the UK are forced to close.
The Armed Forces could be brought in to help deliver fuel as petrol stations in the UK have been forced to close due to the lack of HGV drivers. BP said it had been forced to close a number of forecourts across the country because of the problem- they simply cannot deliver the fuel.
According to The Times, the Army could be drafted in to help alleviate the pressure after which a contingency plan, called Operation Escalin, would go into action if the situation significantly deteriorated.
Hoyer, one of the UK’s largest fuel logistics companies, revealed it was “struggling to meet deliveries”. It cannot find enough tanker drivers to make fuel deliveries, saying it is typically 20 short of the 400 to 450 a day needed.
The company said up to 100 of its forecourts were short of at least one grade of fuel. It has started rationing petrol deliveries. Several have been forced to close entirely due to problems with supplies.
A No10 spokesman said: “We obviously recognise the challenges faced by the industry and we’re taking steps to support them. We acknowledge there are issues facing many industries across the UK, and not just in terms of HGV drivers.”
Some Tesco stations were also closed off amid calls to rip up immigration laws so foreign drivers can return to British roads.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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