The statistics have been released by Opinium and show a range of reasons which Britons believe are why the current HGV driver chaos is occurring. T
The statistics have been released by Opinium and show a range of reasons which Britons believe are why the current HGV driver chaos is occurring. The opinion poll was put towards 1,977 adults, all being asked: “How much blame, if at all, do you think each of the following are for the ongoing situation?”
Of all the answers given, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic was considered to be the number one reason as to why the current shortage is going on, with 76 percent believing this to be the case.
Also near the top, both the current Government and Brexit were considered the second and third reasons for the current shortage, with 70 percent and 68 percent believing these to be reasons for the shortage respectively.
However, a large percentage of Britons also believed that the EU were to blame for the shortage of drivers right now.
According to statistics, 48 percent of those asked believed that the EU was to blame for the shortage of drivers.
This news comes after haulage chiefs said that they don’t believe Europeans would be enticed to come over to the UK as lorry drivers, despite the recent emergency visas.
Downing Street had agreed on Saturday night that 5,000 HGV drivers and 5,500 poultry workers were to be added to a visa scheme.
This new scheme is an attempt to solve the recent food and fuel shortages which the UK is facing.
Marco Digioia, the head of the European Road Haulers Association who cover over 200,000 trucking companies, said that “much more would be needed” if the UK would be to solve the current conundrum.
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Tempting European drivers back to the UK when they also have to face the reality of customs and border checks, all the uncertainties of Brexit … We have to be realistic.
He also said that even if the UK would introduce higher salaries, “a lot of money is being thrown at this whole problem in Europe right now”.
“There’s a level playing field, and none of the Brexit-related hassle.”
Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation also believes that come Christmas, the shortages in the UK could be very dangerous to the economy.
He said: “I’m absolutely certain that when we get to the end of September and when we start to look at the crucial role of agency workers in the Christmas rush, there won’t be enough available.
“The government needs to come to a pretty speedy resolution on lorry drivers.
“The question then is, if you call them, will they come?”