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Brits warned roads will be ‘icy death traps’ as councils can’t find gritters

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Brits have been warned that the country's roads could transform into 'icy death traps' as a result of the chronic shortage of lorry drivers.

Councils typically contract staff or bin lorry drivers to grit motorways in the cold winter months, but the Local Government Association (LGA) now fears this may not be possible.

Last month, The Sun reported that 18 councils had to scrap bin collection due to the scarcity of lorry drivers.

Now, the shortage may be about to have a far more disastrous impact, reports the Mirror.

Councillor David Renard, transport spokesperson for the LGA, said: "While most councils have been able to keep services running, some may find that their gritting services are affected in the same way that some have seen waste collection services impacted.

"As they do every year, councils will be working proactively to plan ahead and ensure that their winter services are as resilient as they can be."

He also warned against raising wages for drivers in the private sector as it would only price councils out of acquiring their services, before concluding that achieving any solution would be a "lengthy process".

To make the gritting problem worse, the Met Office recently revealed that temperatures in the UK a set to take an icy plunge in a matter of weeks.

Their long-range forecast revealed that there is a very real risk of "colder conditions becoming established in early November".

Despite the Department for Transport saying last week that they "expect local authorities to maintain a safe local road network over winter", Labour politicians fear that the Government's handling of the crisis has created a "perfect storm".

Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon explained: "We are facing a perfect storm of empty shelves, dry forecourts and services not delivered thanks to the Conservatives' failure to plan for or even acknowledge the scale of this crisis.

"These issues aren't going to disappear, no matter how much the Prime Minister tries to ignore them or blame others."

He also fumed that "ordinary people will continue to pay the price" until the Government finds a solution.

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