Brits looking for Easter eggs and hot cross buns could be met with empty shelves

Shoppers looking for Easter treats could be met with empty shelves this spring.

The HGV driver crisis that plagued the UK last year is set to get worse, warn industry sources.

And it means we may struggle to buy goodies such as Easter eggs and hot cross buns.

Food and Drink Supply Chain All-Party Parliamentary Group chair Matt Vickers MP said: “Our HGV driver crisis is far from over and could cause serious problems domestically, particularly in the run-up to Easter.”

The Road Haulage Association estimated in November that the industry was short of 80,000 drivers.

Shortages are particularly noticeable in busy shopping periods such as Easter.

The Government has tried to address the issue by speeding up driver testing, creating a visa scheme to attract foreign workers and running driver boot camps.

But representatives told MPs the visa scheme was ineffective and that future disruption was therefore likely.

Cold Chain Federation boss Shane Brennan said: “Most of our drivers are going to retire in five to 10 years.

“We can be in control of our immigration system without having a closed door.”

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