The UK has seen a decline of 53,000 truck drivers over the past four years, a situation that will worsen after Brexit and according to the National Office of Statistics (ONS, for its acronym).
The analyzes carried out by the company show a decrease in the number of these drivers of goods transport vehicles by 17 percent. Between 2016 and 2017 around 321,000 truckers were on the road in the country, in June there were around 268,000.
However, the industry assumes that the decline has been even more pronounced. The ONS has pointed out in a report that the problem is mainly due to a shortage of drivers from the EU after Brexit and the high average age of these workers.
There are currently almost 29 percent fewer truckers between the ages of 46 and 52, and practically a third of them are over 56 years old. Less than 20 percent are between 19 and 35 years old.
The numbers also show the impact of the pandemic on the number of EU drivers, which has fallen by 30 percent since 2017. The decline has been more pronounced in the past two years.
At the beginning of October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson decoupled the immigration situation from the lack of fuel tanks in the face of criticism of the exodus of foreign workers from Great Britain.
“The way forward for our country is not just to pull the big lever called ‘Immigration’,” he said at the time, before asserting that “what we are seeing is the impact of the stress on the UK economy, which is caused by being the fastest growing group of developed countries in the G-7. “
The situation has led the government to take extraordinary measures and grant temporary visas to those EU truckers who want to continue working in the country and thus address the driver shortage.