The UK government intends to lift restrictions on the number of deliveries that foreign drivers can make in the country. This step is expected to alleviate supply chain problems in the run-up to Christmas. The British association of road hauliers expressed dissatisfaction with the proposal.
Currently, the regulations stipulate that truck drivers from the European Union may only make a maximum of two journeys between two places in the UK per week. Under the proposal, which is subject to public consultation from Friday, they could make unlimited journeys in each two-week period before returning to the country to drop off and pick up goods.
Great Britain. The driver deficit is deepening
If approved after one week of consultations, it will enter into force before the end of the year and will run for six months.
The UK truck driver deficit, exacerbated by the coronavirus and Brexit pandemics, has been causing delivery problems for many commodities, including food, in recent weeks, and traders warn that if they are not resolved, some products may be out of stock before Christmas.
To address these issues, the British government announced at the end of September that it would grant 5,000. temporary visas for drivers from abroad, but so far they have submitted only a few hundred applications.
One of the main reasons for the low interest in the offer is precisely the restrictions on the maximum number of deliveries, which, combined with the fact that visas are temporary, make it unattractive in the eyes of many drivers.
Criticism of British carriers
However, dissatisfaction with this proposal was expressed by the British road haulage association RHA, which indicates that it will undermine British companies.
Allowing overseas haulage companies and drivers to come for up to six months to two weeks to do unlimited low-wage work undercut UK hauliers who face an acute driver shortage, rising costs and wages, RHA chief Rod McKenzie told BBC .
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