Richard Burnett: Driver shortage will undoubtedly hit the consumer
We've warned that the UK's ongoing HGV driver shortage will inevitably have an impact on the consumer, as the price of goods on the shelves is set to rise.
The UK is facing a massive reduction in the number of qualified HGV drivers, which has been exacerbated by Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and recent IR35 tax changes.
Until recently, the full effects of the driver shortage were hidden by the downturn in demand from many sectors, caused by the pandemic. However, with industries opening back up, the number of drivers who have left the profession is coming into stark relief, as is the number of drivers we need to recruit and train.
The Daily Star this weekend reported that 'the crisis has seen drivers wages increase by 20%'.
Speaking to the paper, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said that "undoubtedly, this will hit the consumer."
Richard also sent a letter to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps, telling him that the Government must play a part in securing much-needed HGV drivers.
Read more on RoadwayLive here.