A more balanced view perhaps
Absolutely, there are a number of aspects to the problem of not enough HGV drivers. Brexit is the only one which applies only to the UK and I don't see any reports of delivery problems elsewhere in the EU.
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Update on local queue. Fire engine now gone. Someone told me people were queuing for 40 minutes. Which makes me question the mentality of the bloke with the 5 litre Mustang. I'd wager he used almost as much petrol queuing as he managed to buy. Assuming there was any left by time he got to the pumps.
Next fuel delivery on Tuesday. Bad news for anyone relying on local pharmacy to deliver medicines. Their van is nearly empty after today's deliveries.
#12 Thanks for the link. How refreshing to read something that outlines the facts rather than a political posture.
I was aware of a lot of the issues mentioned but not the numbers involved in this:
"There are now more than 230,000 HGV licence holders under the age of 45 alone in the UK deciding not to work in the commercial haulage sector. For whatever reason, these people have spent around £3,000 acquiring an HGV license only to later opt out of driving commercial vehicles for a living."
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#13 Doug, if you look at Haulage Association Data, whilst Brexit is a reason, it's not the biggest (which is drivers retiring) and it's a minority effect in the overall scheme of things.
Coupled with that there are in any case significant driver shortages in countries all over the world, including most of the EU.
Lots of stuff about this, which has been an issue for several years, if one cares to look.
We have plenty of people in this country that are capable of driving a lorry. It will all balance out given time. This is one instance where I believe the government has taken a sensible stance in refusing to 'import' drivers. Wages in this industry are below where I feel they should be and could do with a bit of re-balancing. I took my class 1 test a year or two ago but wouldn't fancy doing it for a living (for the wages on offer).
Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead to ministers to relax UK immigration rules to allow more foreign truck drivers into the country to ease shortages at petrol stations and wider economic disruption.
If true that is a shame. Hopefully the timescale will be limited to allow the industry to adjust.