Truck driver shortage: London could issue more temporary visas

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Came to power in July 2019, winner of the general elections held a few months later on the promise of achieve Brexit, Mr Johnson must now convince the British of the benefits of leaving theEU that he praised so much.

It is currently facing multiple crises, such as rising gas prices and shortages in supermarkets and gas stations due to a lack of truck drivers.

He attributes this to the upturn in the global economy after the pandemic, and exceptional demand caused by panic buying at gas stations.

London said last week that temporary visas would be issued for 5,000 foreign truck drivers and 5,000 poultry workers to alleviate difficulties in supplying service stations and certain food productions.

What we have now is a system that allows us to control immigration, and that gives us flexibility.

A quote from:Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister

We can open up the markets if we feel the need to, and of course we keep everything under reviewBoris Johnson told reporters during a trip to a hospital. He also announced Friday that about 200 soldiers would be deployed as of Monday to supply gas stations, in front of which long queues have been forming for two weeks.

The government keeps repeating that the UK has no shortage of fuels, but the shortages are due to exceptional demand caused by purchases by worried consumers.

Photo : Getty Images / AFP / ADRIAN DENNIS

A person in charge of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) Brian Madderson said on Saturday on the BBC that fuel shortages remained really very problematic in London and the South East of England.

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The British road transport association RHA estimates that the UK is short of 100,000 drivers, a consequence of the coronavirus epidemic which has led professionals to change careers and hampered the training of new drivers for a year, as well as post-Brexit immigration rules now prohibit hiring European drivers.

With information from AFP

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