No quick fix to the shortage
THERE is no quick fix to the driver shortage, says truckie Nigel Rutley.
“It’s a demanding job with too many penalties that can be imposed against us, all in the name of safety. Well, guess what. I don’t feel safer, I feel intimidated, my job hasn’t changed, just the regulations that have been directed towards me, COR laws aren’t protecting me, they’re protecting the distribution, loading and unloading sites. The authorities and supply chains have tied our hands,” he said.
Cal Kingston said there were probably more licenced drivers than jobs available.
“There’s a shortage because companies that won’t train the new ones and only want five-year experienced drivers. There needs to be a training regime.”
Christopher Blanchard said people complained, but there was no way he would want to “wind the clock back and revert to how we were doing it 25 years ago”.