October 22, 2021

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Britain is struggling with a shortage of truck drivers, and the same problem is plaguing Europe

Britain is struggling with a shortage of truck drivers, and the same problem is plaguing Europe

The United Kingdom has been battling a fuel crisis for days. However, fuels alone do not come where they are not needed. Empty supermarket shelves are also the result of a severe shortage of truck drivers.

In addition, the UK is not the only country struggling with driver shortages. According to the Department of Road Traffic, there are about 100,000 drivers in the UK. However, traffic investigations indicate that more than 400,000 drivers are missing in Europe. The Euronews portal reports about it.

They need to improve conditions

“Some companies have set up their headquarters in Poland or Turkey or any low-wage country.” Ron van Lincoln, the former owner of a road smuggling company, told Euronews.

The driving associations therefore say that EU member states have a duty to ensure that labor laws are enforced and that conditions improve if the situation is ever resolved.

The reason is Brexit

In the case of the United Kingdom, Brexit is, according to some analysts, the reason for the lack of conductors. After increased pressure, the British government announced it would issue 5,000 visas for foreign truck drivers.

However, these are three-month visas. Edwin Adema of the FNV, a Dutch union known as Sky News for Sky News “Unreal”, I ask a question: “Who will leave work in the European Union for a three-month visa in the United Kingdom?”

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