Icy roads may not be gritted this winter thanks to shortages

Icy roads that would normally be handled by gritters can remain in a dangerous condition this winter due to the ongoing shortage of truck drivers and community staff.

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, has issued a strong warning to drivers when the temperature drops.

Cllr David Renard, traffic spokesman for the Local Government Association, said, “While most councils have been able to keep their services up and running, some may find that their gritting services have been affected in the same way that others have affected waste collection .

“As every year, the municipalities will work proactively to plan ahead and ensure that their winter services are as resilient as possible.”

Dozens of councils across the country have had to cancel, change, and delay garbage collection operations due to bottlenecks – and this now appears to be spilling over into spillage operations, as reported The sun.

Labor Shadow Transportation Secretary Jim McMahon said: “We are faced with a perfect storm of empty shelves, dry forecourts and underserved services as Conservatives do not plan or even acknowledge the scale of this crisis.

“These problems will not go away no matter how hard the Prime Minister tries to ignore them or blame others.

“Until the government gets a grip, the common people will continue to pay the price of the great shortage of labor and skilled workers that will make an already critical situation worse.”

The Department of Transportation said last night, “We expect local authorities to maintain a safe local road network over the winter.”

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