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Driver shortages “may impact Christmas cheer”

Driver shortages “may impact Christmas cheer”

Adding to the recent comments made by the Road Haulage Association, Chris Sturman, CEO of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation explains why driver shortages will have a less than merry impact the nationʼs festive cheer this Christmas.

“The shortage of full time and agency drivers in the United Kingdom has been discussed at length by my colleagues from the RHA and other organisations, but a united approach is required in order to ensure the Government and the public understands the very real risks the country faces in light of this crisis.

“Unless the Government take action, the impact of driver shortages will not only affect Christmas gift deliveries, but also wholesale and foodservice food and drink. Restaurants, caterers, pubs and clubs may be affected, adversely affecting the nationʼs ability to party!

“In the longer term, the escalating driver shortage issue is likely to lead to sharp increases in transportation costs and pricing, as vehicle operators pull out all stops to recruit and keep drivers. These additional costs will have to be passed down the supply chain and will ultimately be covered by the consumer.

“We fully endorse the call for government to fund the training and licensing of new driver talent into the logistics sector and to encourage the insurance market to review minimum age stipulations to ensure the sector can attract young people at the start of their careers.”

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