‘Get rid of the red tape!’ EU bureaucracy is being blamed for lorry driver shortages.
A lack of 100,000 lorry drivers in the United Kingdom is prompting shops to struggle to supply shelves and fears of a Christmas present shortage. Brexit paperwork bureaucracy, according to Express readers, is the main problem.
Thousands of European lorry drivers have left the business due to Brexit, Covid, terrible working conditions, and low pay, and the UK is starting to feel the impact. Food cannot be supplied without lorry drivers; in a globalised environment, the UK populace is reliant on international goods movement.
The consequences of lorry driver shortages have been felt by prominent brands, which have been forced to close locations across the country.
Nando’s has had to down 50 restaurants, several BP petrol stations have closed, Iceland is canceling 30-40 deliveries each day, McDonald’s has had to cease supplying milkshakes and bottled drinks, and Haribo is having trouble delivering to the UK.
“Who is to blame for lorry driver shortages?” the Express questioned its readers. “Do you want to be an employer or do you want to be an opportunist?”
According to a poll of 37,259 respondents conducted between 12 p.m. on August 27 to 8 a.m. on August 31, a significant majority of Express readers, 87 percent, believe Brexit is to blame.
“We had to obtain a CPC to remain driving the vehicles we had been operating without a CPC, but at our own expense,” a reader who is a lorry driver remarked.
“Which, at the cost of a whole week of training, isn’t inexpensive just to keep doing what we’ve always done.
“A lot of people never bothered and simply stopped driving.
“That was EU legislation, and it resulted in a lack of drivers.”
Duncan Walker, who also holds an HGV license, said: “I don’t use it [the HGV license]because every couple of years, I have to pay £500 to sit in a classroom for a week to be taught how to do a job I’ve been doing for over 40 years.”
“It’s time this government spend our monies on new driver training and testing centers instead of HS2, and dropped some of the red tape the EU imposed on HGV drivers who will only be operating in the UK,” another individual demanded.
“Brinkwire Summary News” reports that around 2,000 drivers are leaving the.