Daily US Times: The British government says that military personnel will begin delivering petrol to garages across the UK from Monday.
Almost 200 military servicemen and women will provide “temporary” support to ease pressure on stations.
The government also announced that up to 300 overseas fuel tanker drivers will be able to work in the UK immediately until the end of March.
This week, there have been long queues at petrol stations after a shortage of drivers disrupted fuel deliveries.
Ministers – who have been saying that there is enough fuel if people buy at their normal rates – say the condition at petrol station forecourts is improving, with more fuel now being delivered than sold.
But the government acknowledged that some parts of the country are worse affected than others.
On Friday, the RAC motoring group also said the disruption in fuel deliveries was continuing to ease, though many areas were still experiencing supply issues.
RAC said, smaller fuel stations were facing major supply problems as drivers filled up for the weekend.
On Friday, the Petrol Retailers Association said that there had been little change for its members who are independent fuel retailers. The association represents nearly 5,500 of the UK’s 8,300 petrol stations,
Its survey of 1,100 stations across the United Kingdom found that 26% had neither petrol nor diesel in stock, down slightly from 27% on Thursday.
The British government said in a statement that military service members are currently training at haulier sites and will be on the road delivering fuel supplies across the country to “help fuel stocks further improve” from Monday.