UK readies soldiers to help ease gas shortages at pumps

  • A sign indicating that fuel has run out is seen at a petrol station in Manchester, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be considering whether to call in the army to deliver fuel to petrol stations as pumps ran dry after days of panic buying. ( AP Photo/Jon Super)

LONDON — The British government put dozens of soldiers on standby Monday to help easy fuel supply problems caused by a shortage of truck drivers, a situation that has spurred panic buying of gasoline across the country.