The outbreak of foot and mouth disease is threatening thousands of jobs in small haulage companies, according to the Freight Transport Association.
More than 400 companies were brought to a standstill as a result of the Government’s three-week ban on the transport of live animals across the UK.
As Personnel Today went to press, food transport companies were considering the Government’s partial lifting of the ban.
The Freight Transport Association estimates that the standstill could cost its members £5m in lost business.
Geoff Dossetter, the association’s head of external affairs, said, “There can be no doubt about the seriousness of this situation.
“Many livestock hauliers are operating on the slenderest of margins. Many companies will be reviewing their future.”
Shaun Gilder, of the Gloucester-based haulage company Gilder & Sons, said: “We are still waiting to find the details of the proposals and will then consider the situation.”
Gilder had warned that the crisis would cause redundancies in his company, which makes about £40,000 a week from meat and livestock movements in the UK.
Although most hauliers support the restrictions, they are keen for the quarantine period to be short as possible, said the FTA.