How big is the UK driver shortage?

09-07-2015 14:30

Facing an unprecedented shortage of lorry drivers the UK haulage industry has this week asked the government for support to help recruit and train new blood. But what is being done in the meantime to keep our shop shelves stacked and our parcels delivered?

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) estimates 45,000 new recruits are needed to keep the industry from grinding, literally, to a halt.

'Already there are delays, especially at busy times such as Christmas. Eventually production lines will be hit and supermarket shelves will go un-stocked' the FTA says.

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