What’s been happening with the HGV Driver shortages?
For months now headline news has focused on the HGV driver shortage in the UK and Europe which has impacted usual business, causing shortages in food, beverage, petrol and more. An article from the BBC highlighted the different causes saying “Several companies have complained about not having enough lorry drivers, which has created shortages for some products.
But a combination of Covid, Brexit and other factors, means there aren’t enough drivers to meet demand.”
A more recent article from I News reported that a female lorry driver from Birmingham along with her husband told I news in a statement “Drivers crash on a daily basis because of exhaustion,” she tells i. “They are run ragged trying to get the work done to keep up with the demand.”
This is terribly sad for drivers who are under so much pressure at the moment, it’s also frustrating for the companies who are affected by the shortages as they’re struggle to meet consumer demands which is impacting sales and revenue. Consumers are also under frustration as they can’t get their normal goods, from meat down to petrol. The BBC published a list of the companies most affected in this current crisis,
- The supermarket chain Morrisons warned that the driver shortage would push up prices
- The Wetherspoons chain said some of its pubs had run out of some beer brands
- Brewers Heineken and Molson Coors said they had been hit by the shortage of HGV drivers
- Coca Cola Europacific Partners said some supermarkets were running out of Diet Coke because of driver shortages and problems sourcing Aluminium cans
- Nando’s temporarily closed 50 sites blaming supply chain issues
- McDonalds stopped sales of milkshakes and bottled drinks blaming a shortages of HGV drivers
- Haribo is struggling to deliver to the UK because of shortages of HGV drivers
- BP temporarily closed a “handful” of its UK sites due to not being able to get petrol and diesel to them
- Iceland’s managing director told the BBC his company was cancelling 30-40 deliveries a day
- A Bank of England report, covering April to June, also found that “transportation delays had resulted in shortages of some items, such as furniture, car parts and electrical goods”.
It was also in the news this week that the NHS could be affected by the shortage of HGV drivers as the company DHG, a leading supplier for medical beds, specialist mattresses and chairs for patients in hospitals and care homes, is struggling to make deliveries.
Although the Government are relaxing the hours rule for drivers so they can work for longer, this doesn’t really solve the issue for drivers as pointed out by the lady who spoke to I news as drivers are completely exhausted with the demand. It’s compromising the safety of the drivers which is going to add further frustration for them, plus it’s not really helping to entice others into a HGV driving job
However, the Government are looking to change things by adding a new testing program to get more new qualified drivers in along with £7,000 funding for the Large Goods Vehicle Driver apprenticeship scheme. Many companies like Tesco are also offering bonuses for drivers who join them or an increase in salary which Aldi has pledged to give.
How can booking a courier online help with the shortage?
At Quickline we work with many different sectors and industries which include the following:
- Events and Exhibitions
- Food and Agriculture
- Media and Production
- Print and Publishing
- Public Sector
As you can see from our list of sectors that we serve, Food & Agriculture, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical are industries we provide couriers to and for. We understand that some of the issues with the shortage of drivers and goods are out of our hands such as Brexit and producing CO2 to produce meat, packaging and other vital products, however there may be some companies we can provide extra support for.
We would like to reach out to companies both large and small to offer our courier online services which are fast, reliable and cost effective.
Our extensive fleet of vehicles is at your service which includes Artic trucks that can load 26,000kg:
Plus, we have smaller trucks and vans for lower delivery needs:
We have dedicated offices for our couriers in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston which gives us primary access to key motorways to enable us to deliver your goods from A to B at short notice and on time. Quickline Couriers provide a same day delivery service, next time delivery or you can book in advance and our response time is 40-60 minutes from booking and to-the-minute consignment updates you can be sure that your goods are in safe hands.
It’s easy to book a courier online with us, just use our booking portal here https://portal.quicklinecouriers.co.uk/security/login to apply and you’ll be contacted right away to set up your account. Once your personal account is ready to go you can then book any of the delivery vehicles necessary for your requirements, you can visit Our Consignment Journey post to find out everything you need to know about the process.
The good thing with our online courier service is all your details are saved within your account to save you time so you don’t have to keep adding the same destinations. Your deliveries are also tracked and you’re provided with ongoing updates until the delivery has reached its final destination.
If you’re currently struggling with the shortage of drivers, please do not get in touch and we will try our best to help if we can! Visit our contact page now to find the office details you need, either Liverpool, Manchester, Preston or Birmingham.