The Brexit and Covid-19 pandemics may hide the underlying reason for the shortage of truck drivers: the aging workforce.
According to think tanks, the average age of HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) drivers in the UK is 53, and many are looking forward to quitting their sedentary and lonely jobs.
The UK is in a supply chain crisis and is running out of fuel at gas stations due to a shortage of drivers.
It caused panic buying among drivers, with a long delay in filling the car at the gas station.
Due to the stricter immigration regulations, there is a shortage of about 100,000 truck drivers. However, the government has announced that it will provide foreign truck drivers with 5,000 temporary visas for Christmas.
The problem escalated in less than a week, but the International Longevity Center-UK (ILC) said the shortage of HGV drivers was “another predictable and predictable crisis.”
ILC director David Sinclair said Brexit and the pandemic “gathered to create a complete storm” but “hidden a bigger problem.”
Sinclair said: “This sector, along with many other important parts of the economy, has long failed to adapt and adapt to the aging workforce.
“The average age of HGV drivers in the UK is 53. Brexit and Covid only act as accelerators for long-standing problems, as only one in 50 truck drivers under the age of 25 will retire soon. bottom.”
Many retire on state pensions at the age of 66, but some drop out in their mid-50s.
“In reality, there is a health crisis of illness in a sector where too little work has been done to address the causes of physical and mental health challenges associated with sedentary and sometimes lonely work.
“As people live longer and work, employers need to think about ways to be innovative, develop health and well-being, flexibility, skills, and create a working workplace for the future of the aging workforce. “
The Gasoline Retailers Association (PRA), which represents 65% of the independent precursors across Britain, said there were promising signs that the pump crisis was mitigating.
Gordon Ballmer, the secretary general of the association, said: