Companies across Lanarkshire are urgently searching for HGV drivers to help with the ongoing food and petrol supplies crisis.

Firms in the region are offering jobs with salaries of £50,000 in a bid to try and resume a more normal supply line.

Some companies are even offering a signing on bonus.

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A combination of Brexit - seeing many European drivers leave the country - and the coronavirus pandemic - forcing driving tests to be delayed or cancelled - has resulted in a shortage of drivers across the country, with union leaders saying the shortage is as high as 100,000.

With the demand for HGV drivers now rising, so too are the salaries.

Among the roles available on job websites are HGV drivers located in Bellshill for £36,270 for anyone on dayshift and jumping to £45,470 for anyone working nights.

Amazon is also recruiting in Motherwell and offering a signing-on bonus of £1500 for new-starts to join before October 2.

Pay will start at £10 per hour for day time shifts and £11.76 per hour for night time shifts.

In East Kilbride a company are advertising £20 an hour for 12 hour shifts for Class 1 drivers.

Road Haulage Association boss Rod McKenzie has warned the problem could worsen, and hit out at the government, claiming they have let driver shortages worsen in recent months.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight, he said: "We have got a shortage of 100,000 drivers.

"When you think that everything we get in Britain comes on the back of a lorry, whether it's fuel or food or clothes or whatever it is, at some point, if there are no drivers to drive those trucks, the trucks aren't moving and we're not getting our stuff."

Weekend reports revealed a number of garages in the Lanarkshire region were forced to close, after hundreds of motorists panicked and bought up fuel.

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