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127 drivers applied for fuel trucker visas By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO : After he has delivered fuel to a BP station in Hersham, Britain on September 30, 2021, a driver walks by his tanker. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON, (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister said Tuesday that 127 fuel trucker visa applicants had been received amid an acute shortage that has strained supply chain to breaking point.

Johnson said that Johnson had told BBC TV the haulage industry was asked for details about drivers who would be willing to visit Britain. However, it only provided 127 names.

He stated, “What this shows is the worldwide shortage.”

According to The Times, only 27 drivers of fuel tanks had submitted their applications.

Fuel companies and supermarkets warned that there was a shortage in drivers. The government announced late last month it will temporarily change its immigration laws and grant 5,000 visas to EU drivers so they can operate in Britain. According to the government, 300 could be allowed to immediately drive oil tankers.

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