London There is a shortage of truck drivers moving goods from A to B in Great Britain. This can no longer be noticed in many supermarkets, but it is a problem elsewhere. That too is associated with Brexit.
The shortage of truck drivers is causing increasing problems in the UK. “We are in trouble,” said Rod McKenzie, president of the German newspaper company Rhode Hall’s Association. “And it’s going to get worse. We’re going to the busiest time of the year. There’s been no improvement in vision.”
In UK supermarkets, large gaps in shelves go unnoticed for weeks. The British Retail Federation confirmed “minor interruptions in supply chains”. Tesco, one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK, is said to be experiencing occasional disruptions due to a shortage of drivers across the factory. This causes restrictions on some products. Sainsbury’s chain points out that while individual products are missing, there is still a huge selection. Gas stations or factories must also stop their production. “Everything we get in the UK comes to us in the prison of the truck,” McKenzie said.
The shortage of drivers, according to McKenzie, many large supermarkets receive one instead of three deliveries a day, which is associated with Brexit. About 20,000 European drivers have stopped working in Great Britain since leaving the EU. Because of the need for expensive and complicated visa procedures, there are major barriers for new applicants. Also, according to the Road Halogen Association, thousands of older drivers retire each month. Tens of thousands of driving tests that could have been passed on to offspring were also canceled due to the epidemic. According to McKenzie, about 100,000 drivers are currently missing. “The government is paralyzed on this issue.”
So far, London has relaxed the maximum driving hours on the wheel of London. According to industry representative McKenzie, that was not enough. EU drivers need short-term visas and more subsidies for training so people who can’t afford to invest 5,000-10,000 euros can use it. The British Retail Federation and Logistics UK are putting forward similar demands. However, the UK government points to the end of the free movement for EU citizens after Brexit and calls on British companies to join the British.
Over the past few weeks, the disruptions in many reports have been referred to as “pingemic” – that is, the massive staff shortage that “ping” the contact persons of corona victims has been perfectly reported, i.e. through the Corona App. “It has nothing to do with pingtemic,” McKenzie said of the problems in his business. In the coming period, it should be even clearer: for a week, contact persons of the affected persons will no longer have to go for isolation, if they have been fully vaccinated.
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