Hauliers mixed response over easing driver shortage

Logistics companies are reporting signs that the HGV driver shortage crisis may have turned a corner, writes Carol Millett.

However some cautioned that, unless wage rises are maintained and facilities improved, the easing of the crisis could be short lived.

Reports of a rise in the availability of drivers follow moves by industry to attract new drivers and those that had quit the sector, with wage hikes, bonuses and more flexible shift patterns, alongside government schemes such as the recent Skills Bootcamps and the fast tracking of HGV driving tests.

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