UK gets serious about truck driver shortage

New program aims to attract more people into driver’s seat

The shortage of trained and ready to drive truck drivers is a serious issue facing the industry in a number of countries, including Australia and the U.S.

The problem is also causing a lot of headaches in the UK and Europe.

Related: Driver shortage the big worry for fleet managers

Reports today say up to 50,000 truck driver positions are unfilled in the UK alone at the moment.

Industry group, The Road Haulage Association (RHA), has created a new program called ‘Road to Logistics’.

Announced overnight, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett says the national training programme was developed to encourage new talent into the transport and logistics industry from all sections of society.

“We, as an industry, need to face this challenge head-on.

“This new program will help individuals who need help and support regain self-confidence and independence.

“Road to Logistics will also help companies to reduce the cost of recruiting new talent into their organisations.”

Meantime, Mr Burnett said the UK’s shift out of Europe has exacerbated the driver shortage.

“The Brexit effect on the exchange rate has resulted in some Eastern European HGV drivers returning to their homelands.

“Operators have been reassuring drivers that there is a future working in the UK.

“With this, more certainty of residential rights, and an improved exchange rate, we are confident that the drift back home will reduce.”

Related: 50,000 truck drivers needed now in the U.S.

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1 Comment

  1. When will transport bosses ever realise that truck drivers are fed up working unreasonable duty times, often up to 70 or even 80 hours per week.
    You can keep throwing money at the current workers, but you wont attract any more, while you work them like modern day slaves.
    The above comments are difficult for transport bosses to accept, who choose instead to blame D C P C or a lack of toilets.
    Think about this.
    The current law requires truck drivers to work no more than 48 hours per week, this was to enable a work life balance. The U K sector schedules truckers almost double what is reasonable, so long as these schedules are excessive then you will see a shortfall, to say the least

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