Quoted in a Guardian piece about the shortages...
Gerard Lyons, a Brexit-supporting economist and former adviser to Boris Johnson, said that low pay and red tape in the training and licensing process for lorry drivers were the key reasons for the shortage, but admitted Brexit was a factor.
“It’s about higher pay to attract people back into it [HGV driving], fast-forwarding the process by which people can train and obtain a licence, and then, if necessary, on top of that, easing visa restrictions.
“Of course there’s some impact from Brexit, but that needs to be put in context. If one believes that’s the trigger for this, one will misdiagnose the problem and not come up with the solution. “It would be wrong to go straight to visa restrictions being eased, because it’s a multitude of issues.”