Britain’s vital supply chain could “stop” as almost half of the country’s trucks have been taken out of service since the start of the coronavirus crisis, an industry organization said.
Trucks carry essentials such as food and medicine from top to bottom in Britain as the country continues to fight the worsening of the pandemic.
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The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned that it is reaching the point of crisis with many transportation companies that are on the verge of collapse.
If they break down, the UK truck fleet that supplies the bulk will remain inactive.
But 46% of trucks have been pulled from the road since the start of the crisis, according to an ORS survey.
“BRINK OF COLLAPSE”
Richard Burnett, CEO of the ORS, told the Daily Mail that “many businesses may close their doors permanently.”
Burnett said, “The measures proposed by the government simply do not work.
“An average transporter may make a 2% margin, he will have two to three weeks of cash within his company.
“We currently have carriers who can’t even lay off their staff because they don’t have enough money to pay these employees.
“We need cash, we need subsidies, we need help to balance and normalize this cash flow problem, and the loan system just doesn’t work at this point. “
The measures proposed by the government simply do not work
The main income of many independent carriers is the transportation of equipment for major concerts and events, all of which have been canceled due to a coronavirus.
Others were hit by a lack of international imports after the airports closed due to the crisis.
Almost 50% of the food consumed in Britain is imported, including 29% from Europe.
The RHA said the coronavirus epidemic has the potential to cause “catastrophic effects” on transportation companies if supplies cannot cross borders.
“The government will need to provide more radical financial support to ensure their survival,” added Burnett.
“What we are seeing now, and have seen so far, is the tip of the iceberg. “
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Meanwhile, the government has reassured the public that “there is no shortage of food” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Environment Secretary George Eustice told Commons that there is “significant resilience in our food supply chain” amid public concern over the coronavirus disease Covid-19.
He said, “There is no shortage of food, the challenge we have had is to put food on the shelves in time when people have bought more. “