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A message from Certas Energy to our customers about the UK HGV driver shortage

The situation regarding the UK haulage and driver shortage continues to worsen day by day and is now at a critical stage.

The current shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers is placing unsustainable pressure on our supply chain. While there was a shortage of HGV drivers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit, these two events have exacerbated the situation; the pandemic halted driver training and testing for more than 12 months, while an estimated 25,000 EU drivers returned home during the pandemic and following the end of the transition period.

In some areas we are seeing transportation increases of 15%. We have negotiated with suppliers to minimise the impact of this inflation on our customers. However, the whole industry is experiencing price rises at present which we are unable to fully absorb.

Right now, displaying the resilience we have maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Certas Energy is working hard to get orders to our loyal customers. We continue to deploy over 900 fuel tankers across a network of over 130 depots. In addition, our network of specialised HGV refuelling locations are not open to the public and therefore are not subject to consumer queues or closures.

As the UK’s largest fuel & lubricants distributor, we keep our customers across industries moving, always, with the products they rely on and the cleaner-burning alternatives they need to support future growth.

If you have any questions on the current national situation, or any additional enquiries about Certas Energy products and services, do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Certas Energy representative for personalised advice on 0345 266 6055 or contact us.