As the supply chain crisis continues, people “will be able to get things for Christmas,” the government minister insisted.
Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said that many of the measures taken by the government have already “affected and allowed people to obtain goods and services. I say there is a global shortage.” Insisted.
“This economy is the fastest growing of the seven G7 economies. That is, the pressure is, of course, very realistic. But people can get things for Christmas. Let’s do it, “he said.
“These measures are influencing and loosening things … we need to make this proportional and things are flowing.”
Mr. Chaps also announced that the government will allow foreign truck drivers to make more deliveries in the UK to ease pressure on the supply chain.
Post-Brexit regulations allow EU HGV drivers to spend only seven days in the UK and only make two stops to deliver or pick up goods.
This has been mitigated, allowing drivers to stay for two weeks and there is no limit to the number of stops.
The Secretary of Transportation also said that three times as many people as before the crisis are applying to become truck drivers every day.
The supply crisis is partly due to a shortage of an estimated 100,000 HGV drivers in the UK, leading to concerns that toys and groceries may be in short supply during the festival season.
Dozens of the most in-demand toys of the year are sold out a few weeks before Christmas, toy store boss entertainer warns.
There is also concern that supermarkets may have to distribute meat this winter to prevent shoppers from buying up turkey and pork.
The government announced last month that it will make temporary visas available to more than 10,000 HGV drivers and food workers, expedite the process of HGV driving test and training, and strive to bring qualified drivers back to work. bottom.