European truck drivers on British roads are allowed unlimited pick-ups and drop-off stops under a review of the rules that the Minister rushes through to end the current shortage.
Post-Brexit regulations allow EU HGV drivers to spend only seven days in the UK and stop twice for delivery and collection of goods.
The so-called “cabotage” rule means that most of the trucks return home empty. This is less efficient than delivering to or from the United Kingdom. These were introduced after the UK left the EU to reflect European law applicable to UK drivers.
The government is currently planning to amend the law over the next six months so that drivers can stay for two weeks and there is no limit to the number of stops.
Ministers hope the move will alleviate the shortage by increasing the number of deliveries by each heavy truck. Given the time it takes to train new workers and bring existing ones back into the industry, it will be a faster solution than increasing the number of drivers.
Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said:
“In addition to many other measures to support the road transport industry, we have announced thousands of skill boot camps to streamline the testing process and train new drivers.
These measures are working. Applying for an HGV driver’s license is up to three times more than usual, and your salary is naturally rising.
“Temporary changes to the cabotage rules we are consulting will allow foreign carriers in the UK to make better use of their time and move more goods in their supply chains when demand is high. . “
The change talks held Thursday will run for a much shorter week than usual to ensure that the new rules affect current issues that have led to a shortage of supermarket shelves and petrol stores. ..
Due to the pandemic-related delays, there is a significant backlog of HGV testing. As a result, the minister called on the military last month to manage the test with the Driver License Agency. According to the transportation industry, the shortage of drivers is now 100,000, partly due to the number of European carriers who left the UK after Brexit.