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UK launches special visas for truck drivers, farmers

In an attempt to solve the shortage of labour, which has resulted in fuel scarcity, the United Kingdom has now launched a special visa scheme for immigrant lorry drivers, farmers and poultry workers.

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The special visa scheme is a three months visas to drivers from Nigeria and other nationalities.

According to UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, the scheme would ease the effect of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s haulage and food industry.

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Recall that the UK is presently suffering a severe shortage of lorry and fuel tanker drivers, which has disrupted fuel and goods deliveries.

Supermarkets and petrol stations have complained over low supply due to the unavailability of lorry drivers to deliver fuel and goods.

BBC reported that lengthy queues were spotted in some petrol stations on Sunday morning in London while other stations put up signposts saying they had no fuel.

There are reports that the shortage of truck drivers was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an ageing workforce, Brexit, low income and poor working conditions.

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