HGV license fast-track won’t stop UK food shortages, industry warns

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Grant Shapps told plans won’t solve lorry driver shortage for months, amid calls for EU drivers to return

Government plans to tackle the UK’s chronic lorry driver shortage will take at least five months to take effect and will not address the threat of food shortages this summer, industry leaders have warned.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps’ offer to fast-track licensing processes to get an army of new drivers on the road is not enough to fix the problem affecting summer, autumn and Christmas supplies, they said.

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