ANNOUNCEMENT 25 Sep 2021

United Kingdom has announced that it will issue temporary visas for HGV drivers.  

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UK Department for Transport, News Story, “More support to help people to become HGV drivers among package of government measures to ease risk of shortages”. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-support-to-help-people-to-become-hgv-drivers-among-package-of-government-measures-to-ease-risk-of-shortages

Inception date: 25 Sep 2021 | Removal date: 24 Dec 2021

Labour market access

On 25 September 2021, the UK Department of Transportation announced that 5,000 truck drivers will be permitted to travel to and work in the UK until 24 December 2021. The decision is taken to tackle the shortage of HGV drivers and to mitigate supply chain pressures.

In this context, Elizabeth de Jong, Logistics UK’s Director of Policy, said: “Logistics UK welcomes the government package of measures aimed at improving the ongoing driver crisis. The government’s decision to grant 5,000 temporary visas for HGV drivers to help in the short term is a huge step forward; we are so pleased the government has listened to our calls and has made this bold decision to support the UK economy. We are also delighted that DfT have agreed to jointly send nearly 1 million letters to all drivers who currently hold an HGV driving licence. With fantastic HGV driving opportunities available in the logistics industry, now is the perfect time to consider returning to the occupation.”

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