Furious HGV chief breaks down reasons for closure of petrol stations 100,000 drivers

More HGV drivers leaving job every week than joining says expert

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Rod Mckenzie from the Road Haulage Association has revealed that “More drivers leaving the profession every week, than joining us”, saying that they are “100,000 drivers short”. The lack of lorry drivers in the UK due to Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic have caused a few petrol stations to close, igniting a row over lorry driver shortages.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Rod Mckenzie said: “We’re 100,000 drivers short at the moment.

“We’ve had a historic shortage of about 50,000 but add to that the 20,000 European drivers who left the industry because of Brexit, and a further 40,000 cancelled track and training tests.

“They were cancelled during the pandemic because of social distancing roles.

“And if you add all that together, it equals a perfect storm.”

He continued: “A few other things as well have played in.

“We’ve got an aging population of drivers in their late 50s-Average age/

“So clearly retirement is a factor.

“What we’ve got is an attrition rate which is against us.”

He added: “In other words, more drivers, leaving the profession every week than there are joining us, were 100.”

It is estimated that the UK is short of about 100,000 HGV drivers – with gaps made worse by the pandemic and Brexit.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has urged the government to relax visa restrictions for foreign workers to ease the driver shortage.

A few petrol stations in the UK have closed due to the lack of drivers.

A small number of Esso-owned Tesco Alliance stations and BP stations were closed yesterday.

Downing Street said there was “no shortage of fuel in the UK and people should continue to buy fuel as normal”.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has urged the government to relax visa restrictions for foreign workers to ease the driver shortage.

However, Grant Shapps told the BBC he did not want UK lorry drivers to “drop out” because of being “undercut” by cheaper EU labour.
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