Britain’s roads could be more dangerous than usual this winter because of a possible shortage of gritter drivers.
Local authorities across the country are thought to be in dire need of people capable of driving the huge salt spreading lorries to keep highways clear in poor weather.
Whereas before councils could use contracted staff from other sectors, the continuous HGV driver deficit has meant councils can’t fill vacancies for drivers, according to a newspaper outlet.
Last month it was announced that 18 councils had to suspend their bin collections after a driver deficit meant lorries couldn’t get out on the roads.
According to the Road Haulage Association, the UK shortfall in HGV drivers was estimated to stand at 100,000.
The government is running an HGV training scheme skills boot camp, which hopes to quickly train 5,000 drivers.
Councillor David Renard, the transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said that while most councils have been able to keep services going, some may discover that their gritting services are affected in the same way that some have seen waste collection services affected.
He warned that improving wages for drivers in the private sector will only make the situation worse, as councils will be unable to match their pay.
He added that councils are keen to work with Government and partners to support more training for these demand sectors. However, this was a lengthy process and wouldn’t alleviate the short term pressures on frontline services.
Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon said that they were facing a perfect tornado of empty shelves, dry forecourts and services not delivered thanks to the Conservative’s failure to prepare for or even acknowledge the scale of the crisis.
It comes as Britain faces an emerging winter of discontent from a series of continuous crises, as soaring gas prices have been hitting consumers as well as businesses, with some energy-intensive producers struggling to stay open, and the boss of the company that makes Heinz Baked Beans said people must get used to more expensive food costs across the board.
Miguel Patricio, chief executive of Kraft Heinz, said the food colossus was raising costs around the globe after growing demand coupled with higher energy prices had driven global food prices to a ten year high.
Miguel Patricio told the BBC that consumers would have to get used to spending more, although it was up to the food industry to try to reduce those increases.
But there are a number of people out there that think this is nothing more than scaremongering, and now people are arguing about left and right, and different masks on the same face were designed to have us fighting amongst ourselves, meanwhile, these manufacturers are the divisions that are laughing at us all.
And this is just good news until there is no news, and newspaper outlets have taken this to heart.
In an imaginary world, it would be better if there was a deficit of extravagant politicians. At least they then couldn’t take from the public purse.
This is all rather odd because surely not all our drivers were from the EU, and millions decided to stay, but suddenly everything is coming to a standstill, but then stories are designed to create panic, just like toilet rolls, fuel and COVID.
There will definitely be a lack of media readers shortly, as most people are getting sick of this nonsense, and it’s getting tiresome.
Now people will be stockpiling grit for the winter as well, and on their list will be their toilet paper stash because some people will be so grateful that they all got the heads up from the media.