The Road Haulage Association, which represents the delivery industry, says the sector needs 60,000 more drivers. While the number of large vehicles on the road has remained relatively steady, they are being used more frequently.
Jack Semple, director of policy for the RHA, said tens of thousands of eastern European drivers had been drafted in to make up for the shortfall at home. “The UK has been under-investing in driver training for a decade. Our drivers are getting old. We’ve had a let-off with the recession and the relaxation of the retirement age past 65, but the shortfall is increasing,” he said.