The UK on Friday vowed to do whatever it takes to address the shortage of trucks, which has led oil giant BP to shut down some petrol stations and disrupt supermarket supply chains. The point had to be forced.
As the world’s fifth largest economy emerges. COVID-19 Infectious diseases European Wholesale natural gas prices and a postBridget. The shortage of truck drivers has closed some petrol stations and raised fears of a food crisis.
BP temporarily shut down some of its 1,200. United Kingdom Due to lack of both petrol station unloaded and diesel grade, which is due to lack of drivers. ExxonMobil’s Aso said a small number of its 200 Tesco Alliance retail sites have also been affected.
For months, supermarkets and farmers have warned that a shortage of truck drivers is pushing supply chains to the breaking point – making it harder to bring goods to market.
Transport Secretary Grant Shops said there was a global shortage of truck drivers after the quaid test was stopped, so the UK was increasing the number of tests. Asked if the government would relax visa rules, he said the government would consider all options.
“We will do whatever we want,” Shepps told Sky News. “We will do whatever we want to the heavens and the earth to ensure that the shortage of HGV drivers is eliminated.”
McDonald’s had to remove milk shakes and bottled drinks from its menu at British restaurants in August, and the chicken chain Nando’s chicken ran out because it dealt with supply chain problems that affected the entire economy.
Suppliers have warned that a shortage of drivers for refueling from refineries to retail outlets could lead to further shortages of petrol, but shops said government measures to double the number of lorry driver tests would soon be in crisis. Will solve
“A lot of tests are being made available now, so we should see it go smoothly soon,” he said.
The transport industry says it needs about 100,000 more drivers after returning to Europe before Brexit, and the epidemic has halted the qualification process for new workers in the UK.
Shops said the Coveid 19 exacerbated the problem and that the UK was unable to inspect 40,000 drivers during the lockdown.
The Trucking Industry Body, the Road Housing Association, has called on the government to allow short-term visas for international drivers to enter the UK and fill the gaps, while British drivers are being trained for the future. Is.
But it may be too late for any policy changes to run until Christmas, as the retail industry begins preparations in September and October, and any changes to visa rules or testing increases will take time to take effect.
“This is a huge challenge,” Rhod McKenzie, head of policy at RHA, told Reuters. In the short term, he said, international drivers can help, even if it’s too late to help at Christmas, and in the long run the industry needs better pay and conditions to attract workers.
“It’s a difficult task. We don’t help British truckers the way Europeans and Americans do,” he said.