On BBC R4 'Today' Programme, one of the cited reasons that the army contribution might be limited was the (in)ability of new drivers to know how to fill the tankers at the depots and to safely discharge fuel at the Service stations - or is this not the case?
For my own take:
The army has at least 50 qualified fuel tanker drivers.
It has some regular and some reserve drivers.
From experience many of the reserve drivers will also be commercial drivers for their day job.
The reserve drivers may take one drivers away from commercial work if they deliver fuel now, but will be familiar with modern commercial vehicles.
Obviousy military tanker drivers will be familiar with military tankers, and will be qualified to operate a tanker.
They should know how to operate in a refinery but might not be familiar with operating with civilian customers or civilian forecourt.
But, and this is the crucial thing, if the leaked report is correct the whole of the U.K. would only need a other TEN drivers long term. This can be rectified in a few months. The issue with the lack of deliveries to forecourts will be nearly 100% the fault of those responsible for supplyingnthe tankers and drivers, and nothin to do with the overall number of drivers in the U.K.
As others have said, Hoyer have a lot to answer for.
Many years ago driving a fuel tanker for one of the big companies was a dream job, very very well paid and you pretty much had to know someone already doing it to be able to get a job.
From what I hear nowadays it’s nothing at all like that.
The thing the army CAN do now is to use its LGV testers to boost the testing rate of new LGV drivers. This will increase numbers passing the test, but more importantly will take away the ‘leverage’ of current testers who are threatening to strike now they have been called to work longer hours to clear the covid related backlog.
Just my two penneth.