A “cocktail of chaos” has led to a shortage of 100,000 lorry drivers in the UK, a senior figure at the Road Haulage Association said.
Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy and public affairs at the RHA said Britain had already been 50,000 drivers short before the pandemic and Brexit.
“Add to that 40,000 cancelled trucker training tests because of the pandemic restrictions, add to that 20,000 European truckers who had to go home because of Brexit immigration rules, so that adds up to 100,000 – that’s why we’re in the pickle we’re in,” he said.
“There is a cocktail of chaos here, it’s no one single thing. I appreciate the Government is briefing that it’s all about Covid-19, but there is a historic shortage in this country.”
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