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Fuel crisis: Government puts army on standby to help with deliveries ‘as a precaution’


Fuel crisis: Government puts army on standby to help with deliveries ‘as a precaution’

Ian Collier:

The government has put the army on standby and soldiers will be deployed if needed amid the ongoing fuel supply crisis.

It comes as panic-buying continues, with consumers apparently ignoring pleas to stop.

Queues at service stations around the country continued on Monday and many ran out of fuel.

Army tanker drivers will now receive specialised training ahead of any possible deployment.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “While the fuel industry expects demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, it’s right that we take this sensible, precautionary step.

“The UK continues to have strong supplies of fuel, however we are aware of supply chain issues at fuel station forecourts and are taking steps to ease these as a matter of priority.

“If required, the deployment of military personnel will provide the supply chain with additional capacity as a temporary measure to help ease pressures caused by spikes in localised demand for fuel.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “While the fuel industry expects demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, it’s right that we take this sensible, precautionary step.

 

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