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chowen

  2 months ago

One possible reason for the driver shortage in some areas of the country.

I went to wash a continental quilt at a local laundrette, and I got talking to somebody else in there doing their laundry. He was from Yorkshire, and a lorry driver, he has come down on contract to drive tractor units for M&S. He also said that there were a lot of lorry drivers down in Kent at the moment, coving the vacancies caused by all the drivers that are isolating. He also pointed out that the HGV tests have not restarted in most areas, after they stopped for the first lockdown, and the extension to the medical requirement does not apply to drivers once they reach 70.

So, some of the reason for the driver shortage is down to the higher rates being paid for temporary drivers in the Southeast, and the lack of testing for new drivers. This follows on from the number of people coming to the Southeast to work in the construction industry, causing a shortage of tradesman in other areas. Of course, the government has a pool of HGV drivers in the Armed Forces, they could always deploy them if they think it is needed.

Do you think the higher rates of pay in the south is adding to the driver problems in other areas of the country ?
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Chris563

  2 months ago
My husband is a wagon driver and what you have been told is right. Reply
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vmorris11.vm

  2 months ago
I had no idea Reply
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bickler1

  2 months ago
Unlikely but "pinged drivers",lack of HGV testing and ever more delays for medicals and the arduous nature of the job on our overcrowded staycation roads making timetabling impossible,has perhaps meant that many have just given up.
As you said chowen we have plenty of military drivers for additional emergency food deliveries.
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rosemary-charles

  2 months ago
I have no idea hun Reply
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spartan3002

  2 months ago
Sounds feasible, doesn't it Chris ? Reply
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alansday

  2 months ago
More than likely Chris + brexit + isolation + new driver testing cessation . Reply
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survay12

  2 months ago
Yes, this could be a contributory factor Chris. I expect you will know that Tesco are so short of lorry drivers that they are offering a “starting” bonus of £1,000 for any drivers they recruit. I wonder if all supermarkets will suddenly lose drivers to Tesco ? I seem to recall that the number of HGV driving tests that have not been carried out because of the pandemic is about 30,000. So yes, I would have thought it very sensible to deploy the military wherever possible to assist with deliveries. In fact, I think they should have done it by now. Reply
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Meryl10

  2 months ago
Don't know about higher rates of pay, I do know that everything is more expensive here in the south compared to up north. Reply
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Millburn

  2 months ago
Could well be, if you are a long distance driver you might as well be "based" down with you, and if they can't do the tests etc that they need, then that will cause a "natural" shortage in drivers :( Reply
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