Shortage of truck drivers due to Brexit and corona

9/2/2021 news

Because of Brexit and corona, Britain doesn’t have enough truck drivers, and that’s causing all sorts of items to go vanish from stores and restaurants.

Shortage of truck drivers due to Brexit and corona

Because of Brexit and corona, Britain doesn’t have enough truck drivers, and that’s causing all sorts of items to go vanish from stores and restaurants.

A long-running shortage of truck drivers has been exacerbated by a post-Brexit exodus of European Union workers. Adding to the problem are disruptions to training for new drivers because of the pandemic.

“Ninety-five percent of everything we get in Britain comes on the back of a truck,” said Rod McKenzie, the director of policy at Road Haulage Association, which represents the British road transport industry, and estimates that there is a shortfall of 100,000 drivers.

Some words from our main haulier:

"As you are fully aware there is an unprecedented shortage of drivers in the UK, mainly due to Brexit & Covid. Government published figures state the shortage is 65’000-100’000 drivers. During the course of 2021 the transport industry has seen a virtual ceasing of EU nationals coming to work in the UK, due to Brexit and the Visa/Residency status requirements. They are all going to mainly Germany & Netherlands currently as they have free movement. Similarly a lot of the EU nationals that were here have gone back to the EU as they all had Limited Company status and the HMRC closed the IR35 tax loophole which meant they now have to pay the same tax as employed drivers. Also as they all had Limited Companies they were able to claim a £10K “Bounce Back” loan last year, which is now due for repayment, so they have liquidated their companies, left the country and not repaying the debt. The HGV driver population is an ageing one as there have been a massive drop in the number of people entering the industry over the last few years so we are now seeing a reduction in number also. There is a UK wide surge in driver wages as everyone who has trucks are short of drivers.The large PLC’s that have an in-house transport operation, which is not the main focus of the business, i.e. Supermarkets, are paying between GBP 1000-1200 per week, more for weekends & nights, just to keep the whole operation working."