Grant Shapps will do ‘whatever it takes’ to fix lorry driver shortage

Issuing of short-term skilled worker visas not ruled out amid petrol supply concerns

The UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said he would “move heaven and earth” to solve the nationwide shortage of truck drivers that threatens fuel supplies at some petrol stations, adding that motorists should not panic as the problem would be “smoothed out relatively quickly”.

Shapps said he would consider all options, including the possibility of issuing short-term skilled worker visas to tap mainland Europe’s pool of potential HGV drivers.

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