Brexit has been validated! Remainer hysterics over HGV driver scarcity are humiliated by damning data.
BREXIT has been vindicated once more as damning new data revealed that Remainer frenzy about Brexit causing a shortage of HGV drivers in the UK was greatly exaggerated.
In recent weeks, pro-European Union advocates have seized the opportunity to cite the lack of HGV drivers as proof that their predictions that Brexit would be disastrous for Britain were true. However, according to the latest Facts4EU analysis, this is simply not the case; in reality, the problem is widespread across Europe. In June, the International Road Transport Union (IRU), which represents over 3.5 million enterprises that provide mobility and logistics services in over 100 countries, issued a warning about impending truck driver shortages in numerous nations.
“Truck driver shortages are predicted to increase by more than a quarter in 2021 compared to 2020 levels in virtually all of the 23 countries polled in IRU’s recent worldwide study of road transport firms,” the organization said.
“In other countries, such as Spain, Mexico, and Turkey, gaps are expected to widen by 150 percent, 175 percent, and 192 percent, respectively.
“In markets as diverse as the Czech Republic, Norway, and Romania, to Russia, Ukraine, and Mexico, nearly 40% of road transport operators surveyed mention skills gaps as the leading reason of driver shortages.
“Once the pandemic is over, many operators will be unable to hire drivers to fulfill future client demand.”
The British International Freight Association (BIFA), which has around 1,500 members, reported a driver shortage in Europe back in 2018, when Brexit discussions between the UK and the EU were still in their early stages, according to Facts4EU.
According to the European Road Freight Transport report 2018, the lack of drivers in just six nations — the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway – totaled 127,500.
“The UK led the way with a lack of 52,000 drivers, but Germany was close behind with 45,000 openings – with estimates that this might expand by a stunning 28,000 each year,” according to the survey.
“A shortfall of 20,000 drivers was recorded in France, while deficits of 5,000, 2,500, and 3,000 were observed in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, respectively.”
“And this was all in 2018, far before Brexit,” Facts4EU noted. There have been more industry intelligence reports since then.”Brinkwire Summary News”.