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Under plans being drawn up, the government will seek to abolish EU rules for newly qualified truck drivers. If the bill is passed, teens who recently got their driver’s licenses could apply to drive trucks, large vans and minibuses. The UK has faced a shortage of delivery drivers post-Brexit, but some in government hope that omitting EU rules limiting the types of vehicles newly qualified drivers are allowed to drive could help. However, Whitehall officials are reportedly concerned that road safety campaigners could oppose the plan. Britain has a shortage of 100,000 truck drivers according to recent estimates, which has impacted the supply of food, fuel and other items in the past year.

Many blame the massive driver shortage on older truck drivers retiring during the COVID-19 pandemic and on European drivers not returning to the UK after Brexit.

Work and Retirement Secretary Therese Coffey is among those supporting the plan to give newly trained drivers a driving position.

She also revealed that the Ministry of Transport is considering the change as part of the Brexit “liberties law”, which will be included in the Queen’s speech on Tuesday.

The legislation, being drafted by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the minister for Brexit opportunities, proposes cutting up to £1 billion in red tape.

According to The Times, supermarket leaders have responded positively to the plan.

They hope it will allow them to hire more drivers without the need for additional testing.

Edmund King, chairman of the AA, said of the proposals: “Reintroducing the licensing rights that drivers had before 1997 is certainly the quickest and easiest way for the government to try to tackle the shortage of vans and trucks.

“Reputable companies will know, however, that handing over the keys to a seven-ton truck to a newly qualified driver is not as easy as it sounds. Significant and meaningful training will still be needed to ensure road safety standards do not drop.

“Small trucks are equipped with more safety equipment than ever before, making them easier to drive compared to those of 25 years ago, but driving a truck is still a big responsibility and safety should not be compromised.”

The number of road deaths in the UK has fallen significantly in recent decades, which experts say is mainly due to stricter rules and regulations.

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Mr Smith said the shortage is “in part due to the departure of EU nationals” from the country, adding that a European exodus is responsible for about a sixth of the lost workforce.

He said the main effect of Brexit on the industry is the impact on the industry’s flexible nature, as the UK relies heavily on EU nationals to plug the gaps when demand picks up in busy periods such as the summer months. and winter months.

Mr Smith added: “At least 50 percent of the flexibility is borne by European nationals, allowing the number of drivers to increase and decrease as industry demands.”

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