As society reopens and the economy bounces back, a lorry driver shortage is jeopardising deliveries to retailers and pushing the industry “close to a crisis point”.

According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the UK now needs around 100,000 more HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) drivers to ensure that goods can get to where they’re needed, when they’re needed.

The haulage industry is calling for drivers to be added to the so-called Shortage Occupations list, which would allow them to qualify for a skilled worker visa – but the government is resisting the move.