Delivery worries: London offers work visas to truck drivers

Released on 26.09. 2021

  • The UK government has announced measures to end the truck driver shortage. Photo: Gareth Fuller

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Since Brexit, there have been strict immigration rules for EU citizens who want to work in the UK. This resulted in a shortage of truck drivers, which one now wants to counteract in the short term.

London (dpa) – Due to delivery problems with food and gasoline in Great Britain, the government has exceptionally 10 . 500 Approved work visas for foreign skilled workers.

This is intended to 5000 Truck drivers and 5500 specialists for the Poultry processing will be brought into the country, as the Ministry of Transport in London announced on Sunday night. With the transitional arrangement, they should be able to work in the UK until Christmas Eve. The government hopes that the move will help replenish supermarket shelves and toy shops before the festival.

According to the Road Haulage Association, about 100. 000 Truck driver. That is why supermarket shelves have remained empty over and over again in the past few weeks. Recently there were also problems with the delivery of gasoline and diesel to filling stations. Other branches of industry also complain of enormous gaps in the labor market. One reason for this is the strict immigration rules since Brexit, which have made the influx of skilled workers more difficult.

The visas should be available from October, as Transport Minister Grant Shapps said. In addition, the government is relying on a package of measures in efforts to attract more truck drivers. It is planned, among other things, that the army will assign driving instructors to work through the enormous backlog of driving tests.

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