UK extends truck driver visa program as fuel crisis persists

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LONDON (AP) — The British government has extended an emergency visa program for truck drivers as fuel shortages frustrate motorists lining up at empty pumps. The Conservative government said late Friday that temporary visas for nearly 5,000 foreign truck drivers it hoped to recruit would run until the end of February instead of expire on Christmas Eve. The short duration of the program announced last week drew widespread criticism for not being attractive enough to entice foreign drivers. The government said 300 fuel drivers would be able to come to the U.K. from overseas “immediately” and stay until March. Some 4,700 other visas intended for foreign food truck drivers will be up for grabs starting in late October.

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