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Motorists are facing a ‘perfect storm’ this winter as gritter driver shortages could lead to dangerous driving conditions

by LLB political Reporter
11th Oct 21 10:50 am

Motorists face driving on death trap roads this winter due to a shortage of gritter drivers which has been compounded by Brexit and the pandemic.

The Mirror has reported that due to the shortage of HGV drivers which is estimated to be around 100,000 this could effect roads not being spread with salt across the country leading to dangerous driving conditions.

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon warned that motorists are facing a “perfect storm” this winter.

He said, “These issues aren’t going to disappear, no matter how much the Prime Minister tries to ignore them or blame others.

“Until the government gets a grip, ordinary people will continue to pay the price for the major labour and skills shortages that will make an already critical situation worse.”

Cllr David Renard, transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association said, “While most councils have been able to keep services running, some may find that their gritting services are affected in the same way that some have seen waste collection services impacted.

“As they do every year, councils will be working proactively to plan ahead and ensure that their winter services are as resilient as they can be.”

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