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PUBLISHER: The Load Star (www.theloadstar.com)

The UK’s crippling shortage of HGV drivers has been created by a perfect storm of factors all coming at the same time – and causing an unprecedented supply chain crisis.

Some of the reasons are well known. Of course, Brexit and the Covid pandemic have played a major part – exacerbating an unhealthily stretched workforce to leave the supply of drivers unable to meet demand.

However, a crucial factor that seems to have been overlooked, and one that more than half the respondents to a recent Road Haulage Association (RHA) survey pinned as instrumental behind the driver shortage, were seemingly innocuous changes to tax rules covering the engagement of individuals who are not directly employed by the engager.

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