The UK’s emergency visa scheme, expected to plug gaps in the country due to gasoline shortages, has only attracted 27 tanker drivers from European Union countries, according to a UK ministers’ announcement.
That number of requests prompted authorities in Britain to extend the scheme until March 31, 2022, TheSchengen.com reports.
On the issue, PRA Executive Director Gordon Palmer stressed that “this leaves some motorists still feeling insecure about the availability of fuel at filling stations in local neighborhoods,” as reported by The Guardian.
Previously, figures published by PRA revealed that London and the southeast had 71 per cent of forward pitches equipped with both fuels compared to 91 per cent elsewhere.
“Independent front courts report a complete lack of visibility as to when the next delivery will take place, some have dried up for four days and are still awaiting delivery. A statement from the Cabinet Office indicated that overseas fuel drivers will soon be allowed to operate in the UK and will not be subject to a ban. prior.
On October 1, the UK government announced that it would extend the emergency visa scheme in order to help the labor shortage.
As reported by The Guardian, Boris Johnson’s administration has made it clear that such new measures will allow 300 fuel drivers to enter the country immediately and stay there until the end of March.
In addition, according to the announcement through the new rules, around 4,700 food transport drivers will also be allowed to enter the UK from late October and stay there until the end of February.
The UK government has also extended temporary visa schemes beyond Christmas and into the New Year.
The government said the military are being trained at transport sites, and from next week they will be on the road to deliver fuel supplies. It added that overseas fuel transport drivers will also be allowed to operate in the UK immediately and will not be exposed to any previous barriers,” the announcement said, as reported by Republic World.
In addition, the Cabinet Office stressed that carriers will find drivers to hire and will submit applications to the Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. After that, the department will certify the applicants.
Besides, the government has confirmed that a total of 5,500 poultry workers will arrive in the country from late October and they will be allowed to stay there until the end of this year.