Despite pro EU fanatics blaming Brexit for lorry driver shortages in the UK. The reality is that it is a global problem.
As per Trucking Info:
“Surveying 777 road transport companies from 23 countries, the IRU found that [the] driver shortage was most acute in Eurasia, where last year 20% of driver positions were not filled. China was the least affected country in 2020 with only 4% of jobs open. Elsewhere, [the] driver shortage was less serious in 2020 than 2019 due to the pandemic. In Europe, unfilled driver positions fell by around three quarters, from 24% to 7% for truck drivers.”
But European companies are expecting a 17% shortfall in drivers this year, 18% in Mexico, 20% in Turkey, 24% in Russia, and almost one third in Uzbekistan, says the IRU.
The survey also investigated the reasons for the driver shortage, finding that a simple lack of trained drivers was the main cause in all regions (38% of respondents). It also cited those “challenging working conditions,” further exacerbated by the pandemic.
As in North America, but worse, the survey also noted difficulties attracting women and young people to the profession.
In Europe production facilities have been moved Eastwards, thus soaking up personnel who would have driven a truck but now work in the factories.
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