The German freight industry warned that the British government’s plan to offer temporary visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers in the run-up to Christmas will not bring back the drivers who have left after Brexit.
"The labor market on the European continent has gratefully accepted these workers - they are now lost to re-employment in the United Kingdom," Frank Huster, chief executive of the German Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association, told Reuters.
The post-Brexit shortage of lorry drivers, intensified by the suspension of the testing process during COVID lockdowns, and people leaving the haulage industry, have amplified the nationwide crisis.
The government announced a plan to issue temporary visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers, but Huster said that would not help.
"The new UK visa regulations - especially the temporary ones - will not change this," Huster said.
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