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Petrol tanker drivers earn £35k per year yet there’s a shortage of them. At the same time there’s a bunch of over-entitled millennials, complaining that there aren’t enough well-paid jobs. How does that work?
— Dave Gammon 🇬🇧 (@Didling11) September 23, 2021
Sun Mail Telegraph Times all lead on petrol rationing cos of lorry driver shortage. Presumably caused by unknown extra-planetary sources. Because somehow the Brexit they helped bring to the world not mentioned on front pages
— ALASTAIR CAMPBELL (@campbellclaret) September 24, 2021
Asked whether he would consider waiving visas for EU truckers, he told Sky News on Friday: “We’ll do whatever it takes. We’ll move heaven and earth to do whatever we can to make sure that shortages are alleviated with HGV drivers. We should see it smooth out fairly quickly.”
The shortage of lorry drivers has badly affected the supply chain in Britain – supermarkets have run short of goods and restaurant chains McDonald’s and Nando’s have both been affected.
The Road Haulage Association said there was a shortage of 100,000 drivers as the industry was failing to attract young people.
“I don’t want to do anything that will make the situation worse” says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on @BBCBreakfast when asked if he will add HGV drivers to the skilled worker list!
With supermarket shelves emptying & petrol pumps closing this Government is stark raving mad
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) September 24, 2021
The RHA’s head of policy Rod McKenzie told Reuters: “It’s a tough job. We the British do not help truckers in the way that Europeans and Americans do by giving them decent facilities.”
The autumn 2000 crisis was caused by a jump in the price of crude oil. It reached £23 a barrel, which led to a big jump in the cost of petrol and diesel.
Blair’s government ruled out reducing the duty charged on fuel and this led to protests by truckers and farmers, who blockaded Stanlow oil refinery in Cheshire and several others.
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