Keep on Trucking: Addressing the UK’s HGV Driver Shortage
Haulage companies around the UK are aware of the HGV driver shortage, but do they know how to fix it? Here are some potential solutions. A sobering reality all UK haulage companies are aware of is the current heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage. A lack of qualified, licensed hauliers is taking its toll and, haulage companies are finding it more difficult to deliver the quality high service they have in the past - something that is affecting both the industry and the economy.
Read on to find out why this driver deficiency is occurring and what we can do to halt it.
1) Low female representation. It
2) Brexit. 14% of haulers are EU nationals and, with Brexit now in place, many policies may end up putting some of these people out of a job.
3) High costs of training, testing and licensing. To become a driver, it costs around
4) Ageing workforce. Young people are shying away from the logistics industry, leaving 63% of drivers over the age of 45
Despite the abovementioned aspects, those who own or work for haulage companies needn
1) Recruit more women. The female population is severely under-represented in the logistics industry eel welcome in a male-dominated field could solve, or at least significantly ease, the shortage.
2) Appeal to young people. Making the logistics industry more easily accessible for youth would draw them in, and have the added bonus of a potentially lifelong career. Loans to make vocational training more affordable and updating the image of the trucking industry could attract the younger demographic.
3) Obtain better facilities for drivers. This includes safer and more comfortable driving conditions and facilities, especially for long distance hauliers.
Implementing these changes would serve multiple purposes. Firstly, the population of drivers should increase; secondly, women will have more employment opportunities that they feel accepted in; and, thirdly, the current working conditions for hauliers would improve.
With these solutions in place, hopefully the logistics industry will be able to make a U-turn and head off back down the right road.
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage companies or self-employed drivers with jobs in road transport and haulage work. Over 5,300 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.
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