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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

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There was daily news coverage in Spain last Xmas of the HGV drivers trapped in Dover, I can't imagine anyone in a rush to repeat that. It was like the UK didn't even realise that Xmas there is not the same day as Xmas here, why would you trust them again?
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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

@iconography why would the truck drivers /want/ to, when they have 27 other countries they can work in without a ton of hassle and hostile environment?

My first driving instructor used to drive HGVs and then was a depot safety supervisor and fleet manager afterwards - he told me himself he quit in his early middle age (about 30 years ago) as conditions were already getting bad thanks to Thatcho and ruthless competition..

What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

And what are these companies not doing? Reducing pressure on drivers by giving them fair workloads, giving fair pay for the job they do, reasonable hours and actual contracts so they've got job security instead of having them as self employed.

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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

Someone I know is in charge of distribution at a large depot for a big supermarket. They've been having trouble with getting drivers since before the pandemic. Now we have EU residents leaving, people going back to their normal jobs, and university students going back, the potential workforce is thinning while demand stays high.

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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

This isn't just for fuel, though that's the one that's been turned into a crisis by bellends like this.

It's also food, clothes, toys, you name it. We're seeing shops with empty shelves more and more, people unable to get deliveries.

And not just because of HGVs. Treatment of smaller vehicle delivery drivers like 3.5 and 7.5t, low pay and absurd pressure means there's big struggles retaining those too.

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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

The federation of Dutch Trade unions on the BBC this morning The EU workers we speak to will not go to the UK for a short-term visa to help the UK get out of the s*** they created for themselves”

The European Road Haulers Association “I expect many drivers will not return to the UK even if the UK government allows them to”

We've fucked it, lads. Properly royally fucked it.

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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

Our plan to get us out of a hole now is to bring in a bunch of EU drivers, have them pay to work here and suffer shit conditions and limited amenities, to dig us out of a hole we dug ourselves.

These visas will expire on Christmas. So it's "we're going to ALLOW you to come and save us, but you have to fuck off on Christmas day"

It's going about as well as you would expect with EU drivers associations.

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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

Essentially EU drivers used to be able to deliver something here then easily pick up a delivery or two on the way back through. That's been made more complicated by systems put in place after Brexit, so it's not happening much, so less deliveries overall nationally.

In the EU cabotage is continuing as normal across the countries, so while the driver shortage is the same, we've got an increased burden we've put on ourselves

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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

They created the problem in the first place by putting so many rules in place about HGV drivers from abroad after Brexit.

The EU have the same driver shortage, we're the only ones affected by food and other supply issues because we've got an issue of cabotage on top of the driver problems.

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What's going on in the UK w the drivers and fuel thing 

The government are claiming there's no shortage of fuel, while relaxing competition laws to allow collusion over stocks, bringing the army in to do deliveries to meet demand caused by panic buying they helped to create, and offering 10k 3 month visas to drivers across the EU to bail us out of a catastrophe of our own making.

@radicalrobit @iconography "anyone who shares my ideology is a deeply repellent ghoul, don't need to think about that any deeper"

@iconography it's absolutely incredible how invested the media class is in articles like this that try to convince you that ones political beliefs are somehow, someway completely separated from what they're like as a person.

@iconography there is something kinda hilarious about him picking beauty as one if his two examples of what matters more than someone’s politics

Like I don’t want to date people based on something as *shallow* as political preferences, I want to date them based on literally skin deep judgements!’

There's not much to like about conservatives, but how often they announce this shit in the nationals is just straight up art

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Tories once again using the press to announce to the UK, and wider world, that no one will shag them because they're terrible human beings.

dont marry american women

they will reveal themselves to be male rabbits, then when you try to shoot them in retaliation they will stick their fingers in your shotgun barrel while eating a carrot and the shotgun will blow on your face. happens every time

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