Uncertainty over the immigration system after Brexit next year will compound the industry’s driver shortage and goods and services could grind to a halt, according to an FTA report. The FTA’s skills shortage report showed that there has been no let up in the struggle among haulage and logistics business to recruit HGV drivers. The shortage currently stands at an estimated 52,000, but there are serious concerns the figure could rise sharply in the event of a no deal outcome. […]
Drivers benefitted from above-average, above-inflation wage increases this year as operators looked to secure a labour force against the background of the driver shortage.
The DVLA appears to have postponed plans to abolish the driving licence paper counterpart from 1 January, yielding to concerns the new system would introduce unnecessary complexities.
New legislation on cross-border haulage has been given royal assent as the government makes preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU next year.