It is estimated that the UK transport sector is currently short of around 100,000 drivers. The result: corporate supply stagnates. Gasoline and some retail items are already scarce. The government is now taking measures to secure supplies on the island.
The British government has announced measures to end the shortage of truck drivers. A long-running shortage of truck drivers has raised concerns about delivery problems on the island. Oil company BP announced this week that it was forced to close some gas stations due to a gasoline shortage.
Retailers are warning of a supply shortage before Christmas if the shortage is not replenished quickly. Fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Nando’s have already sold out their products.
“We are considering temporary measures to avoid immediate problems, but any action we take is limited in time.” A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. It did not provide further details. Newspapers have reported that the government plans to allow up to 5,000 foreign truck drivers to enter the UK on a short-stay visa.
Logistics companies and retailers have been asking for it for months, but the government didn’t want it. “We will move heaven and hell to ensure logistical bottlenecks are resolved.”British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News on Friday.
Faster to gas stations
Long queues formed again at many gas stations on Saturday morning. In addition to BP, some Shell and Esso stations also reported problems with gasoline supplies. “We have enough fuel in the country and the public needs to be reassured that there is no shortage.”A Downing Street spokeswoman said.
It is estimated that the UK transport sector is currently short of around 100,000 drivers. This is mainly due to the return of many truck drivers to the European continent after Brexit. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed new driver training and testing.
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