Jul 27, 2021

Tesco offers £1,000 joining bonus for HGV drivers

Tesco is offering lorry drivers a £1,000 joining bonus amid a chronic shortage of drivers in the industry. The Road Haulage Association has estimated there is a 100,000 shortage in HGV drivers across the UK.The industry body has said some 30,000 HGV driving tests did not take place last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and added a "Historic" shortage in drivers had been exacerbated by changes to rules following Brexit. A lack of drivers has led to supermarket suffering shortages of particular brands, while oil firm BP was forced to temporarily close a "Handful" of its UK sites due to shortages in unleaded petrol and diesel being delivered. Rod McKenzie, managing director of the RHA, said it was becoming "Increasingly competitive" to recruit a "a diminishing number of HGV drivers", which he added had also driven up wages. The RHA has called on ministers to put HGV drivers on the Home Office Shortage Occupation List.In response to HGV driver shortages, the government recently granted a temporary extension of lorry drivers' working hours.

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