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”.

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