What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

The government are claiming there's no shortage of fuel, while relaxing competition laws to allow collusion over stocks, bringing the army in to do deliveries to meet demand caused by panic buying they helped to create, and offering 10k 3 month visas to drivers across the EU to bail us out of a catastrophe of our own making.

What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

They created the problem in the first place by putting so many rules in place about HGV drivers from abroad after Brexit.

The EU have the same driver shortage, we're the only ones affected by food and other supply issues because we've got an issue of cabotage on top of the driver problems.

What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

Essentially EU drivers used to be able to deliver something here then easily pick up a delivery or two on the way back through. That's been made more complicated by systems put in place after Brexit, so it's not happening much, so less deliveries overall nationally.

In the EU cabotage is continuing as normal across the countries, so while the driver shortage is the same, we've got an increased burden we've put on ourselves

What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

Our plan to get us out of a hole now is to bring in a bunch of EU drivers, have them pay to work here and suffer shit conditions and limited amenities, to dig us out of a hole we dug ourselves.

These visas will expire on Christmas. So it's "we're going to ALLOW you to come and save us, but you have to fuck off on Christmas day"

It's going about as well as you would expect with EU drivers associations.

What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

The federation of Dutch Trade unions on the BBC this morning The EU workers we speak to will not go to the UK for a short-term visa to help the UK get out of the s*** they created for themselves”

The European Road Haulers Association “I expect many drivers will not return to the UK even if the UK government allows them to”

We've fucked it, lads. Properly royally fucked it.

What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

@iconography why would the truck drivers /want/ to, when they have 27 other countries they can work in without a ton of hassle and hostile environment?

My first driving instructor used to drive HGVs and then was a depot safety supervisor and fleet manager afterwards - he told me himself he quit in his early middle age (about 30 years ago) as conditions were already getting bad thanks to Thatcho and ruthless competition..

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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

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There was daily news coverage in Spain last Xmas of the HGV drivers trapped in Dover, I can't imagine anyone in a rush to repeat that. It was like the UK didn't even realise that Xmas there is not the same day as Xmas here, why would you trust them again?
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