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The 2000 fuel crisis is no guide to 2021

Kieran Smith, CEO and Driver Require Think Tank mentioned in The Evening Standard

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Claire Smith

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Quote in The Evening Standard “West End Final” by Jack Kessler

"And Driver Require - a specialist driving agency whose excellent report I got lost in for about half an hour this morning when I should have been writing the leader column - notes that 55,000 British HGV drivers left the industry during the pandemic, with an astonishing 40,000 in the first quarter of this year. Why?

Well, it’s a tough job with anti-social hours and as the report suggests, many were in self-isolation, furloughed or simply may have realised they preferred other options to driving for a living.

And with better working conditions in a number of EU countries, it is far from clear whether those three-month visas will incentivise European hauliers to drop everything to come over and fix our problems, especially when wages are rising on the continent as well."

Read the full article by Jack Kessler in The Evening Standard

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Thursday 30th September 2021

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