Striking DVLA staff led to 54,000 HGV licence backlog

Striking DVLA staff led to 54,000 HGV licence backlog: Insider claims just ‘six staff were in Swansea HQ in pandemicafter workers refused to return due to Covid safety fearsas trucker claims he’s been waiting a YEAR for approval

  • Insider claims staff refused to come into DVLA Swansea office during pandemic
  • It is thought the lack of staff at the HQ fuelled the 54,000 HGV licence backlog
  • News of the DVLA staff strike comes as chaos engulfs Britain’s petrol stations
  • The DVLA is facing a 54,000 HGV driver backlog after just six staff worked inside its Swansea HQ during the pandemic, an insider has claimed.

    The source said that workers refused to come back into the office despite being ordered to by bosses, because of worries over Covid.

    When the insider visited the Swansea base, just six staff members were present, with the rest working remotely.

    The DVLA base was previously in the headlines after reports this year that more than 500 cases of coronavirus were recorded there amid claims by employees that staff with symptoms were encouraged to return to work.

    Alcuni 6,000 workers are employed at the DVLA site in Swansea and 500 caught coronavirus in January, è stato affermato.

    The DVLA denied the reports and said they had staff in the office throughout the pandemic.

    A spokesman also dismissed the source’s claims as being inaccurate.

    News of the DVLA staff strike comes as chaos engulfs Britain’s petrol stations amid fuel supply issues triggered by a lack of HGV drivers. The shortage has also led to some supermarkets being left with bare shelves.

    Deep, un autista di mezzi pesanti, revealed that his licence expired about a year ago and he hadn’t been able to get a replacement despite repeated calls to the DVLA.

    He said on LBC: ‘They want to have Europeans to come along and do our driving when we’ve got people in this country who are waiting to drive, waiting to do this stuff and they can’t. It takes forever.

    The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) a Swansea. It is claimed only six people were working there during the pandemic, driving the current HGV backlog

    The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) a Swansea. It is claimed only six people were working there during the pandemic, driving the current HGV backlog

    Vehicles queue for fuel at a petrol station in west London yesterday, as worries over fuel shortages continue

    Vehicles queue for fuel at a petrol station in west London yesterday, as worries over fuel shortages continue

    Deep eventually got through to someone at the DVLA through emailonly to be told to ring the same number he’d been previously trying.

    Another HGV driver said they’d ‘given upat the DVLA as ‘no-one answers’.

    Ieri, Britain’s Business Secretary admitted he can’t ‘guaranteethat the UK’s fuel crisis and lorry driver shortage won’t hit Christmas for millions.

    Kwasi Kwarteng’s warning came as retailers predicted a lack of HGVs and delivery drivers will hit supply chains and also force up prices by December. Trade association UK Hospitality has said that pubs and restaurants are facing disastrous staffing and supply problems that threaten their Christmas.

    It came as the UK’s roads are clogged with drivers queueing for fuel because of a lack tanker drivers. In a string of crises for the country, soaring gas prices have hit millions in the pocket and a shortage of CO2 hurting the supply of food and drink.

    The Government is introducing a temporary visa scheme that will see 5,000 HGV drivers and 5,500 poultry workers brought in for three-month contracts in an attempt to quell the fuel delivery issues and supermarket shortages.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the plan would help bring an end to the ‘100 to 200shortfall of fuel tanker drivers, adding that ministers are planning to train an additional 4,000 lorry drivers with the help of the Army to reduce the ‘bottleneckin HGV driving tests.

    però, hauliers have warned that the fast-track trucker visas brought in the save Natale are ‘too little, too lateas the DVLA sets out to tackle a backlog of 54,000 HGV license applications that will take them at least two months to get through.

    Ruby McGregor-Smith, president of the British Chambers of Commerce, compared the Department for Transport’s announcement to ‘throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire’.

    Lei disse: ‘Even if these short-term opportunities attract the maximum amount of people allowed under the scheme, it will not be enough to address the scale of the problem that has now developed in our supply chains.

    CEO of Scottish Food & Drink, James Withers, disse: ‘We have been calling for emergency visas for weeks to avoid the collapse of some food supply chains.

    ‘I seriously doubt that 10,000 three month visas are going to cut it. It may help the driver situation a little, but it won’t address the chronic staff shortage in food production. In questa fase, my instinct is that this is too little, too late to make a real difference to the Christmas trade.

    There is a driver shortage across Europe - with the largest deficit found in Poland followed by Britain and Germany

    There is a driver shortage across Europewith the largest deficit found in Poland followed by Britain and Germany








    Drivers queue for fuel at a petrol station in London again yesterday - the sixth day running - as Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to reassure the British public claiming that the fuel-supply crisis snarling the country was 'stabilising'

    Drivers queue for fuel at a petrol station in London again yesterdaythe sixth day runningas Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to reassure the British public claiming that the fuel-supply crisis snarling the country was ‘stabilising

    A peggiorare le cose, lorry drivers from the EU are refusing to come to the UKbecause they believe problems plaguing the supply chain are Britain’s own fault.

    Il governo ha approvato i piani per portare in 5,000 operatori di mezzi pesanti stranieri per far fronte alla carenza, che è stato attribuito a una serie di fattori tra cui il coronavirus pandemia e Brexi.

    But promises of special visas and attractive paywith some firms offering as much as £78,000 a yearhave fallen on deaf ears, con un capo del sindacato che dichiara che "non andranno nel Regno Unito per un visto a breve termine per aiutare il Regno Unito a uscire dalla merda che si sono creati".

    E i camionisti in questo paese sono altrettanto disillusi, con uno che ha lasciato il lavoro dopo 30 anni, likening they way they are treated ‘to being the lepers of society’.

    Edwin Atema, Responsabile dell'applicazione e della ricerca presso il sindacato FNV con sede in Olanda, che rappresenta i conducenti in tutta l'UE e in Europa, ha affermato che il Regno Unito ha un'enorme battaglia tra le mani per riconquistare i conducenti stranieri.

    Egli ha detto: "La paga è un'area importante ma non l'unica". Le persone in Europa e in tutta Europa hanno completamente perso la fiducia in questo settore.

    "Prima della crisi del coronavirus e della Brexit, questo settore era già malato". Afflitto dall'aspettativa, da multinazionali irresponsabili che abbassano i prezzi, che si è conclusa con i conducenti che hanno votato con i piedi e hanno lasciato il settore.

    "I lavoratori dell'UE con cui parliamo non andranno nel Regno Unito per un visto a breve termine per aiutare il Regno Unito a uscire dalla merda che si sono creati.’

    As the crisis continues to bits, Tesco warned customers to expect the return of panic buying in the run up to Natale as bosses call on ministers to help end the lorry driver shortage.

    The supermarket giant revealed it was currently suffering a shortfall of approximately 800 HGV drivers as it urged the Government to ease restrictions on foreign workers to help alleviate the supply chain crisis.

    Despite being the UK’s largest supermarket chain, and offering new employees a £1,000 bonus since July, Andrew Woolfenden, Tesco’s distribution and fulfilment director, warned they were still unable to make up the lost numbers.

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