Letter to the PM: HGV driver shortage hitting supply chain
We've written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, calling for him to take urgent action over the UK's ongoing HGV driver shortage. Our letter, which you can read here, lays out a number of key points which have contributed to the driver shortage crisis, including the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, IR35 and a relatively high average age among truck drivers.
The letter also called for:
• The introduction of a temporary worker visa for HGV drivers and for this occupation to be added to the Home Office Shortage Occupation List,
• A taskforce to be immediately established to include representation from all the relevant areas of Government and industry to help drive this change at the pace that is so desperately needed,
• Re-establishing the DEFRA Food Resilience Industry Forum, chaired by Chris Tyas, which helped to ensure the nation’s supply integrity throughout the pandemic.
Read the letter here.