Supply problems in UK due to driver shortage could affect public health and environment – CBA

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LONDON (CIHI) – The shortage of truck drivers in the UK has worsened significantly since June, with nearly all chemical distributors surveyed by the CBA trade group reporting driver shortages in August.

The trade group’s latest industry survey showed 96% of companies were reporting problems with UK road transport, up sharply from the 62% who reported problems in June.

Across Europe, 78% of companies reported problems with road transport.

The UK’s Chemical Business Association (CBA) has expressed concern that driver shortages could affect end-use sectors of key chemicals, which are essential for health and safety.

“The supply of chemicals to major commercial sectors, such as water treatment, fuels and petroleum additives, is likely to suffer from delayed or canceled deliveries, which will have public health consequences,” environment and economic growth, ”the CBA said in a briefing on Tuesday.

The CEO of the business group, Tim Doggett, has warned that the situation is likely to worsen in the coming months. The ABC has called on the UK government to relax the granting of work visas to foreign truck drivers, but their demands have not been met.

In July, the British cabinet relaxed the rules on the maximum hours that truck drivers can work, a CBA move considered at the time counterproductive and unlikely to solve the problem at its root.

“Our expertise and focus continue to stay within the chemicals supply chain and we believe the impact of driver shortages is likely to get worse before it gets better,” Doggett said.

“As regulatory changes in water treatment are not our responsibility, we are not in a position to comment further on this particular aspect.

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