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Your article “UPS Warns of Lasting Scar in Supply Chains” (Report, September 13) signals a pressing concern. This scar has been emerging for some time, and the pandemic has only been a catalyst for this crisis. Solving these problems requires undoing age-old broken behaviors.
Carriers are crippled, and it’s not just the airline industry that is suffering: in the UK there is a shortage of over 100,000 truck drivers. Additionally, moving to a regional manufacturing model will not provide a quick fix for freight transportation.
Truck drivers play a vital role in the supply chain and their skills, stamina and commitment to their jobs should not be taken for granted. If the UK government thinks the solution is to shorten the process of becoming a truck driver, frankly, I don’t know if that’s naivety or utter insanity.
The safety procedures necessary to become a truck driver cannot be condensed. While Brexit may mean a tough exit for this country, using uniquely British drivers with rushed training is not the solution; we need to bring back the visas to allow the return of properly trained drivers from the EU.
Director, Channel Ports
Hythe, Kent, United Kingdom