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How damaging is the lorry driver shortage?

The government is keen to get a better understanding of the impact of the current lorry driver shortage.  Lorries play an essential and highly regulated role in the supply chain and there have been industry predictions that the supply chain will collapse due to a shortage of drivers, caused by a number of factors.  As you may have seen in the media, Tesco is advertising £1,000 signing-on bonuses for drivers to go to work for them.

Our contacts at BEIS have asked that you please complete the attached survey.  The survey originated in the Department for Transport but while it is mainly aimed at haulage companies, there are sections that are for firms that rely on haulage suppliers, with key questions as to the extent to which haulage provision is a problem for getting goods delivered and increases in costs.  You should note that this is about the UK situation around lorry drivers and not the equally problematic situation around global shipping.

Responses are requested by August 6th.  The survey gives an email to which to send your reply but we would be grateful if you could copy us with your response (please send it to Geoff Noon at MTA – email: so we can get an insight into the extent of issues facing our members;  we will also be sharing this through EAMA (Engineering & Machinery Alliance) to get a view across the machinery and component supply chain but please note that individual responses will be entirely confidential and only seen by Geoff and Jack Semple (Secretary of EAMA).

If you don’t have time to go through the whole survey but do have any comments about this topic, you can just drop us a quick email with any points you want to make and we will pass these on (anonymously).