Lorry driver shortage: UK government and retailers in emergency talks

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Defra looks for solutions as Covid and Brexit problems threaten to leave gaps on supermarket shelves

The UK government has held emergency talks with retailers, logistics groups and wholesalers as a shortage of lorry drivers threatens to leave gaps on supermarket shelves.

Officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are understood to have discussed potential solutions, including relaxing restrictions on drivers’ working hours and increasing capacity for HGV driving tests and training to help bring in new local drivers.

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