Lorry drivers in UK hit record lows

New figures have found the number of lorry drivers in the UK to have fallen by 53,000 over the past four years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found the number of lorry drivers in the UK to fall by 17% to 268,000.

Fewer people from the EU, an ageing workforce and higher costs amid Brexit have there is a much lower number, which is having widespread effects across multiple industries. The shortage of lorry drivers has led to empty supermarket shelves and a shortage in petrol across the UK.

The Government is issuing visas for EU lorry drivers to tackle the shortage. It is also changing the driving test requirements to encourage more people to join.

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