UK petrol crisis – level 3

07-10-2021 07:00

After several days of gas stations running out of petrol or gas, long lines of vehicles formed at many stations.

The shortage caused chaos across the country, and the government is sending many reserve tankers and putting the army on standby to drive trucks.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson blamed a shortage of truck drivers, and he suggested that it was caused by world economies using petrol as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The government announced that it would send thousands of emergency visas to foreign truck drivers to alleviate the crisis; however, Johnson said that migrant workers weren´t the solution, as this would lead to a low-wage and low-skill economy.

More than a quarter of the UK service stations have no fuel, and British motorists will have to wait weeks for fuel supply to return to normal.

Difficult words: reserve (a supply of a commodity that is not needed for immediate use but it´s available if required), standby (ready for duty or immediate deployment), alleviate (to make something less difficult or painful).

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