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UK may issue more temporary visas to address lorry driver shortage: Boris Johnson

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The government has said that 200 military tanker personnel will help deliver fuel from Monday. (file)

London:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he would review immigration rules, and did not rule out issuing more temporary visas in an effort to help ease tanker driver shortages that have caused fuel shortages.

Britain said last week that it would issue temporary visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers and 5,500 poultry workers to address an acute labor shortage that has disrupted fuel supplies to gas stations and hampered food production Is.

Britain’s Road Haulage Association (RHA) says the country is facing a shortage of around 100,000 drivers, as a result of workers leaving the industry, as the pandemic has halted driver training and testing for nearly a year, And post-Brexit immigration rules have stalled. Hiring drivers from Europe.

Speaking to reporters during a hospital visit, Johnson did not rule out the possibility of issuing more temporary visas.

Johnson said, “We now have a system that allows us to control immigration, and it gives us flexibility. We can open our markets when needed and of course we’ll keep everything under review.” “

The government has said that 200 military tanker personnel will help deliver fuel from Monday.

“What we don’t want to do is go back to the situation in which we originally allowed the road haulage industry to keep up with very low-paying immigration,” Johnson said.

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