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Millions of Christmas deliveries threatened by growing shortage of lorry drivers

A growing shortage of lorry drivers is putting millions of Christmas deliveries at risk.

Recruitment firms say they are struggling to find truckers for retailers and distribution companies.

More than half of them fear the shortage means deliveries will not arrive in time for Christmas.

Only a fifth saw no impact.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said: “The nightmare scenario for many families is no presents and crying children on Christmas Day.

“With the current shortages of lorry drivers in the UK, the danger of empty shelves in shops and no deliveries is actually not that far away.”

Over half of recruitment firms fear the shortage means deliveries will not arrive in time for Christmas

The warning follows a REC survey of more than 50 recruitment companies. Seven in ten said the shortage of HGV drivers was worsening.

The Freight Transport Association says the UK is 52,000 HGV drivers short of what is needed.

And REC warns the crisis is set to deepen because half of lorry drivers are over 50.

Green said: “Nearly half of lorry drivers are over 50 years old, so this ‘on the road’ generation is not far away from turning off the engine for good.

“Young people don’t want to work as drivers anymore. For them, the job no longer smells of freedom.

Source: The Sun