The Road Haulage Association reported that the country’s economy has been massively impacted by the shortage of 100, 000 drivers.
Big retailers have decided to put huge bonuses on the table to attract more drivers, but this move may affect small haulage operators.
Tesco, one of the Britain's biggest supermarket chain, has been offering to pay £1,000 to HGV drivers joining before 30 September. Other retailers are also offering similar or higher bonuses.
On the other hand, this will affect small haulage operators, as they cannot afford to match the offers.
The shortage of 100,000 drivers is causing huge disruptions across the country, and both Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic are contributing to this crisis.
A spokesman for the Road Haulage Association declared: "Some of our members have told us that they've had to pay sweeteners to get drivers to work for them. (...) We've heard £1,000 before, but I wouldn't say that's right across the board. But drivers' rates are certainly increasing in the sector as the vacancies grow."
The RHA said that the shortage of drivers has risen from 60,000 to 100,000 this year partly due to 15,000 non-UK drivers going elsewhere as a result of Brexit.
It also points to a backlog of 30,000 HGV driver tests postponed during lockdowns as well as the impact of tax changes for self-employed workers, while the "pandemic" is also now taking its toll.
The RHA is pressing the government to allow fully vaccinated drivers, and other logistics staff ordered to stay at home, to continue working if they produce daily negative results.
Ministers have so far resisted calls by the organisation to ease access to drivers from EU nations.
Source: SKY News
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