Army Fuel Delivery: Ben Wallace Signs Off Request For Military Tanker Drivers

Under the MACA request, 150 drivers and 150 drivers mates could be deployed to deliver fuel, after training.

The UK is one step closer to seeing Army personnel deliver fuel to petrol stations, if called upon, after Defence Secretary Ben Wallace signed off a Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) request.

Soldiers were placed on standby on Monday, and must undergo specialist training before driving tankers to the areas most in need.

Under the MACA request, 150 drivers and 150 drivers' mates could be deployed if needed.

Watch: Army tanker drivers on standby to deliver fuel.

A shortage of HGV drivers has been blamed for fuel supply problems which have led to lengthy waits outside stations, many of which have been forced to close as supplies run out.

The latest move from the Ministry of Defence is part of Op Escalin, a contingency plan to deploy military trained drivers to maintain road fuel deliveries if the supply chain is disturbed.

No personnel have been deployed as part of Op Escalin so far and soldiers' current state of readiness is temporary, the Government has said.

If Army tanker drivers are deployed, they must have completed training which is expected to take 72 hours and familiarise them with the role.