It has been widely reported for some time now by bodies such as the RHA and Logistics UK that the UK is set to experience a Driver shortage in the wake of Brexit; and it seems now that we are starting to see signs outside the haulage industry of this crisis.
On the 8th June 2021, Nationwide Produce; one of the UK’s largest fresh food distribution companies confirmed in an article released on their site that literally truckloads of graded food are not reaching supermarkets and restaurants before rotting in cold storage. It doesn’t take much to realise that if supply levels fall, then price to shoppers will increase.
And other sectors are experiencing the delays as well; with this BBC article highlighting that builders, wine importers and overnight delivery companies among many other industries are having their trade affected by this shortfall.
A number of issues have been indicated as the cause for this impending crisis; with many within the industry saying that Tax Changes, Brexit and the current pause on New Driver exams are the biggest hurdles which need tackling immediately.