Expert says that the UK would not recover from the crisis until 2023, causing Christmas anxieties.
Due to a shortfall of lorry drivers, Britons should expect greater shortages on grocery shelves, with one industry organisation predicting that the country may not recover until 2023.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned that there would be no “quick cure” to the supply chain crisis plaguing the UK due to a shortage of 100,000 lorry drivers. Because of the serious scarcity of drivers, RHA managing director of policy and public relations Rod McKenzie cautioned that more shortages could be expected as the holiday season approaches. Indeed, Mr McKenzie projected that Christmas would not be “normal,” and that the business would take at least a year to recover.
He said about this website: “I believe we are dealing with a long-term issue. There are no easy solutions.
“There are no quick fixes. It won’t be over before the holidays.
“We think that if we address all of the issues that we’ve requested the government to address, including facilities, that it will start paying off in terms of better driver numbers in about a year.
“If all goes well, we should be able to get through this by 2022 or 2023.”
The RHA has urged the government to make a slew of changes to the business, including better compensation, better driving conditions, and additional infrastructure, such as better pitstops and better roads.
To help with the situation, the government has offered 4,700 six-month permits to international food transport drivers.
However, only 127 foreign drivers have signed up for the initiative, prompting Mr McKenzie to warn that many people will have an unusual Christmas.
He came to this conclusion: “This isn’t some dreadful wilderness where we’ll be spending the holidays.
“Christmas will go on as planned; it will not be canceled, and there will be no huge calamity.
“But it isn’t going to be like that.
“And it won’t be as good as it could have been if we had the correct number of lorry drivers to transport all of the items we require.”
Many drivers have left the sector due to a variety of factors, including Brexit, the pandemic, and terrible working conditions, according to the RHA.
There are also lorry driver shortages in the EU, according to logistics researchers Transport Intelligence, who tell The I that some countries are short on drivers.
They mentioned Poland, according to data from 2020. “Brinkwire News Summary.”