UK To Issue Visas To Ease Lorry Driver Shortage: Reports
The UK government is poised to temporarily ease visa rules to attract more foreign lorry drivers, reports said Saturday, as it grapples with a growing shortage that has now hit fuel supplies
London, Sept 25 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Sep, 2021 ) :The UK government is poised to temporarily ease visa rules to attract more foreign lorry drivers, reports said Saturday, as it grapples with a growing shortage that has now hit fuel supplies.
As well as threatening timely fuel supplies, the lack of lorry drivers has caused disruption to deliveries of food and other goods.
As the lines of cars waiting at petrol stations have lengthened, particularly in southeast England, Johnson's office confirmed late Friday the government was "looking at temporary measures to avoid any immediate problems".
A Downing Street spokesman said any measures would be "very strictly time limited" while reiterating the country has "ample fuel stocks" and that "there are no shortages".
However, drivers appeared less than reassured Saturday, as queues again formed for fuel.
"I just want to get some fuel to get to work. People are just like filling up jerry cans -- it's ridiculous," he told AFP.
"Maybe they need to bring some army drivers in," Davey added.
There have been calls to deploy soldiers to help deliver petrol, while some have also suggested using them to process the backlog of HGV license applications that has ballooned during the pandemic.