Just spent an hour filling up so I can go to work latter....
I'll tell you what's going on here we have a poxy tory government with a clown for a prime minister and a equally poxy labour lot waiting to take over. Shortage of truck drivers? --- some of these fella's are driving HGV's with all the responsibility and $hit working conditions for minimum wage!! and then some people wonder why not many want the job. People have noticed that there have been some empty shelves in supermarkets for weeks now so as soon as there is the slightest mention of a fuel supply problem a lot of people will panic after all the whole bloody country runs on petrol and diesel!What's going on in old Blighty? Panic buying? Glad I live in regional Australia, even if it means being a long way from everywhere.
Sounds like the drivers over there are treated and respected a lot better than they are over hereI'm amazed they can get drivers if they only pay minimum wage. I have a mate here in Oz who drives B double trucks on interstate runs. From what I can gather he is paid 62.5c per kilometre, or the equivalent of AU$1 per mile.
That said a B Double has 2 trailers, a gross weight of 62.5t, 9 axles and 34 tyres, so they're a lot bigger than the lorries I saw carrying freight on UK roads 2 years ago, and the distances are far greater.
Lorry drivers have a skill set that far exceeds driving the family car with a box trailer attached to the local tip and I'm amazed to hear that they are paid so poorly.