Wednesday 14 July 2021

Secret Visa Talks Taking Place To End Lorry Driver Shortage Crisis

A shortfall of up to 100,000 lorry drivers in the UK has partly been caused by an exodus of EU workers in the wake of Brexit and the pandemic. Covid-19 restrictions have also impacted the training and tests of new drivers, whilst costs are rising due to changes to taxation rules for self-employed drivers.

One person with knowledge of the discussions told the newspaper: “Everyone involved is sworn to secrecy as the Home Office is taking a very hard line. The Home Office has the final decision on this and the DfT knows it has a very tough sell, so need the very best evidence.”

NamNews Implications:
  • Very practical advice from the government: ‘invest in local driving talent’
  • (in retrospect?)
  • Post chaos: ‘we were only following procedure’

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