Aug 27, 2021

Morrisons calls for action on lorry driver dearth

The Road Haulage Association has previously estimated there is a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers in the UK, out of a pre-pandemic total of about 600,000. Speaking to the BBC, Mr Potts said the driver shortages were a "Challenge that's right there for the country". In addition there were other pressures on the industry, including the older age profile of drivers, a reliance on a migrant workforce, negative perceptions of the sector, skills shortages and less attractive tax terms. Morrisons' David Potts said that, as a result of the driver shortage, the supermarket had cut the number of deliveries to stores and was sending fuller lorries, but less often. In a statement, the government said: "We recently announced a package of measures to help tackle the HGV driver shortage, including plans to streamline the process for new drivers to gain their HGV licence and to increase the number of driving tests able to be conducted."However, most of the solutions are likely to be driven by industry, with progress already being made in testing and hiring, and a big push towards improving pay, working conditions and diversity.

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