UK’s Johnson: 127 drivers utilized for gasoline trucker visas

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LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned on Tuesday that 127 drivers had utilized for gasoline trucker visas amid an acute scarcity of drivers that has strained provide chains to breaking level.

Johnson instructed BBC TV that the haulage trade had been requested to supply the main points of drivers who had been keen to come back to Britain, and it had solely given 127 names.

“What that shows is the global shortage,” he mentioned.

The Times newspaper reported that simply 27 gasoline tanker drivers had utilized.

With gasoline firms and supermarkets warning {that a} scarcity of drivers was hitting deliveries, the federal government mentioned late final month that it might briefly reverse its immigration guidelines and provides 5,000 visas for EU drivers to function in Britain. It mentioned 300 of these might arrive instantly to drive oil tankers.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate Holton

A driver walks past his tanker after completing a fuel delivery to a BP filling station in Hersham, Britain, September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls