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UK Secretary Shapps: I can't guarantee there will be enough trucks for Christmas

Christian Fernsby |
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the Commons it was “not in the hands” of the Government to make the guarantee there will be enough lorries on the UK’s roads this Christmas as he answered questions on the HGV staff shortage.

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He also told MPs Brexit has nothing to do with the driver shortage, insisting the pandemic is the “number one cause” for the shortfall of 90,000 drivers across the nation.

Mr. Shapps: “What I can guarantee is we will do everything we possibly can to enable more HGV drivers to pass their tests to get on to the roads, to have better conditions, and the raft of other measures that we have discussed, but the whole solution is not in our hands, this is a global situation that has been described many times during this debate.”

The Transport Secretary also told MPs: “I am not going to stand here and deny that there haven’t been big changes to the way our industry is operating but no one can realistically deny that those problems had been coming along for a very long time. If there is a number one cause, it quite clearly is the pandemic.”

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