Members of the British International Freight Association – who tend to be truck hirers delivering container and trailer imports from ports to distribution centres – have reported significantly increased waiting times for an available vehicle, much higher costs from haulage companies and surcharges from some shipping lines.
The implementation of the new HGV driver regulations – the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) – in September has already contributed to a lack of new drivers within the logistics and distribution sector, and the shortage of drivers has been compounded by the imports forecast, as well as the earlier-than-expected peak season.
Conservative MP and former haulier Andrew Bridgen has highlighted the growing problem of HGV driver shortages and called for incentives to encourage more individuals to train to become drivers.
“BIFA has noted that the growing problem of UK HGV drivers shortages has been taken up by an MP, and shares his opinion,” said BIFA director general, Robert Keen.
“New HGV drivers are urgently required in the UK logistics business to help alleviate the problems caused by the current shortage, which is leading to significant pressures on logistics costs. This issue is what the shortfall is and what can be done to alleviate that shortfall.”