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Solving UK driver shortages needs government help


© Reuters. A lorry is seen parking at an HGV park at Cobham services, Cobham (Britain), August 31, 2021. Picture taken August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/Files

LONDON (Reuters) – Solving Britain’s dire shortage of truck drivers needs government intervention, the boss of supermarket group the Co-operative said on Thursday.

Steve Murrells Chief Executive stated that the problem can’t be fixed in isolation.

“You cannot solve (a) shortage of 90,000 HGV driver in isolation. It needs to be a structural change,” Murrells said.

Murrells welcomed Wednesday’s announcement by UK minister Michael Gove that he would lead government response to the crisis. Industry calls were also made for HGV driver to be included on the shortage occupations list in order to attract foreign workers.

In Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle, Gove was made housing, communities, and local government minister.

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