Sep 1, 2021

Wetherspoon runs low on beer amid driver shortage

A Coca-Cola bottling giant also said it was suffering from similar problems due to a lack of drivers and a shortage of aluminium cans. The UK is facing a shortage of lorry drivers that hauliers have blamed on Covid and Brexit. The UK is short of about 100,000 drivers, according to the Road Haulage Association, with new recruits to the industry facing a lack of driving tests. Now the UK has left the EU, it is no longer part of the single market, so it is easier for European drivers to find work in the EU.Foreign drivers also now need visas and the Home Office is not keen on allowing lorry drivers on to a list of shortage occupations. "Government must address the HGV driver shortage by rapidly increasing the number of HGV driving tests taking place, providing visas for EU drivers, and looking for a longer-term solution," said Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the BRC..

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