Others in the industry agree. Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy and public affairs at the Road Haulage Association, said: "There isn't a database of lorry drivers with names attached to them and want to work in Britain that British lorry firms can tap into and say, 'we'll have that one, that one, that one or that one'. It doesn't work like that, it doesn't exist.
"The only way it works is the Government advertises that short-term visas are available, Europeans think about it, decide whether they want to or don't want to, and act accordingly. And, clearly, only 127 to date have acted accordingly."
Mr McKenzie said he did not know how many had actually applied as the association was not privy to that information.
He added: "Why would you give up a well-paid job in Europe, to come and drive a truck in Britain for a very short period of time when you have to get a six-month let on a flat and go through all the hassle, initially to be chucked out on Christmas Eve, but now, we're told, for a bit later?
Source : https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1501325/hgv-driver-shortage-reason-boris-johnson-evg193