For its part, during the same parliamentary hearing, the British road transport association, the RHA, estimated that the shortage of drivers was not improving despite a series of measures taken by the government.
“The commission really needs to think seriously about inflation”, underlined Ian Wright, boss of the FDF, before the commission on the ministry for the companies, energy and the industrial strategy (BEIS).
“In the hotel and catering industry, inflation is climbing between 14% and 18%, which is terrifying”, he argues.
The United Kingdom has been facing for several months a shortage of truck drivers estimated at 100,000 for the country, which has resulted in significant shortages of capital and consumer goods, as well as gasoline.
If the supply chain crisis is global, especially with a strong recovery in demand, in the United Kingdom it is worsened by Brexit, which complicates the arrival in the country of European drivers, who trained, before the British exit. from the EU and before the pandemic, large contingents of drivers.
“If the Prime Minister” British Conservative Boris Johnson “is serious about rebalancing (between the north and the south of the country, one of the government’s promises, editor’s note), inflation is a worse scourge than almost everything else because it mainly hits the poorest”, says Wright.
Meanwhile, one of the RHA officials, Duncan Buchanan, told the committee that the driver shortage “does not visibly improve at this stage” and that government measures “do not have much effect on the ground”.
The RHA notably blasted last week the British government’s decision to relax rules on the number of deliveries foreign truck drivers can make to the UK, while temporary visas offered by London to bring in foreign drivers no ‘found only a few dozen takers.
The shortage of truckers has also aggravated the congestion of ports globally and in particular in England, from where several container ships full of Christmas goods have recently had to be diverted to European ports. A situation that will last another 6 to 9 months, according to the Association of British Ports (BPA).