In addition to the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, the retirement of the drivers and the departure of the country from the EU have caused problems for the drivers of the transport vehicles for a while.
The scarcity of transport vehicle drivers brought along disruptions in the supply chain. Oil company British Petrol (BP), on the other hand, has decided to temporarily close some petrol stations in England on the grounds that there are few drivers.
After British Petrol (BP)’s decision, hundreds of transport vehicle drivers flocked to petrol stations located near the capital, London and Kent, in case of gas shortages. As the drivers who filled the stations entered the race to fill their tanks, long queues formed at the stations.
Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability of the British Retail Consortium, the leading group in the retail industry, said: “Truck drivers are the most important element that holds our supply chain together. Without them, we cannot move products from farms to warehouses to stores.”
“If new drivers are not found within 10 days, there will be serious problems in the pre-New Year supply chain,” Opie said.
The UK is currently experiencing chaos due to the lack of truck drivers in the country. While there was a serious increase in gasoline and natural gas prices in the country where the supply chain was broken, vehicles formed long queues to buy gasoline, and food stocks in supermarkets were depleted. After bad news one after another, came the statement from the government that “we have to be prepared for the worst”.