Transport & Distribution

Record shortage of truck drivers threatens Christmas deliveries

The UK logistics industry has warned it is facing its worst-ever driver shortage in the run-up to Christmas. According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the logistics industry is 60,000 drivers short. The Freight Transport Association says that 20,000 drivers have quit since September when the EU's Driver Certificate of Professional Competence was introduced to standardise safety training procedures. The situation is likely to be exacerbated by what is expected to be a record-breaking Christmas for e-commerce, with 180m home deliveries forecast for November and December, according to the Interactive Media in Retail Group. The industry needs 257,000 more drivers by 2022, according to the UKCES.


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