The UK‘s petrol shortage is also a labor shortage driven by worsening conditions of work
As of late September 2021, the UK has suffered a protracted crisis in the supply of petrol. In the face of a plummeting sterling and severe disruptions to essential public services, military tanker drivers have been deployed to transport fuel to the country’s 8000 petrol stations. The lack of truck drivers also led to containers piling up in the UKs most important port Felixstowe, and large shipping companies reroute part of the cargo to continental Europe. On October 1, German news outlet Der Spiegel reported on a “bizarre“ letter sent by the British government to German residents in the UK, asking them to consider work as a trucker. German drivers licences issued until 1999 allow drivers to conduct small trucks until 7.5 tons, even if they never drove a lorry. A similar letter was sent to 1 million potential lorry drivers in the country.