UK introduces temporary visa program for truck drivers in order to address the shortage of supplies
The United Kingdom (UK) is prepared to issue 10,500 short-term visas to foreign truck drivers and poultry workers until the end of December 2021.
Lines have been building at the gas stations of the UK for days because of the shortage of truck drivers who can dispensing products at the pumps.
The COVID-19 pandemic, inability to educate new truck drivers because of COVID-19 limitations, Brexit and the low wage paid to truck drivers across Europe have exacerbated the problems with the supply chain for fuel within the United Kingdom, causing days of panic-buying.
According to a press release from the UK Department for Transport, 5 000 truck drivers are required to be employed throughout the UK for three months during the weeks leading up to Christmas. This will give “short-term relief for the transport industry.”
The estimated 5,500 poultry workers will get visas in order to “avoid potential further pressure on the food industry during this exceptional period.”
It is reported that the U.K. government says recruitment of more truck drivers on short-term contracts as well as poultry farmers will start in October. Visas will be valid through Christmas Eve.
Army drivers are on standby in order to alleviate the situation across the United Kingdom.
Additionally, it is reported that there’s a shortage in truck drivers to transport food and gasoline throughout Europe.