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    OT Shortage of lorry drivers? What is to blame?

    Be interested to hear some of our lorry driving bros and sisters on here and other opinions. If I remember correctly Loyal miller is a lorry driver by trade.

    Is it to do with Brexit? Covid? Pay and conditions for drivers? A combination of the lot? Other things?

    ...and whats the solution?
    Last edited by rolymiller; 24-09-2021 at 10:49 AM.

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    Roly mi owd. When I left the pit I took my Class 1 HGV as it was called back then. I was on the road for approximately 3 months and didnít take to it at all. 44 Tonners fully loaded and long distance wasnít for me.

    Waking up in a morning with the possibility of no bathroom facilities because you had park up due to running out of driving hours. Things didnít always go to plan. Like I say, long hours, unsociable, weekend work always thrown in. Iím amazed how some drivers have stuck it for all the years they have. Average pay to boot, Iím not surprised a lot have called it a day.

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    I blame the drivers who can’t hack it

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    Seriously though I havenít had problems with deliveries but the petrol station near Dinnington ran out of fuel

    Maybe get more rail lines open for freight?

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    More people ordering on line leading to more deliveries has to be one of the causes but that's probably linked back to covid.

    There's a few things that could be done to ease the crisis though I just don't think the govt has looked over the horizon enough and done anything about it until it's now upon us .
    Fast tracking tests
    Free or subsidised testing and training
    Recognising that delivery drives are rapidly become one of the key essential services
    Increasing t,s and c,s
    Relaxing some EU working visa rules

    The govt is now talking about doing some of the above but it's after the horse has bolted. Poor management

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brin View Post
    Roly mi owd. When I left the pit I took my Class 1 HGV as it was called back then. I was on the road for approximately 3 months and didnít take to it at all. 44 Tonners fully loaded and long distance wasnít for me.

    Waking up in a morning with the possibility of no bathroom facilities because you had park up due to running out of driving hours. Things didnít always go to plan. Like I say, long hours, unsociable, weekend work always thrown in. Iím amazed how some drivers have stuck it for all the years they have. Average pay to boot, Iím not surprised a lot have called it a day.
    According to the one HGV driver I know; Covid apart, the underlying problem is a mixture of what Brin says plus Brexit. There's less eastern European drivers and young Brits don't fancy a career as an HGV driver due to the relatively low pay and poor conditions.

    If Brexit plays out as promised by Farage etc. then, using the lorry driver issue as an example, pay and conditions should improve noticeably, thus creating better quality job opportunities for the British. Problem solved.

    However, that will mean increased costs somewhere in the chain, ultimately to the consumer, meaning higher prices at the checkout etc...... NOT what was promised by Farage etc.
    Last edited by Redshank; 24-09-2021 at 12:32 PM.

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    DVSA0501 - Practical large goods vehicle (LGV) test pass rates summary by year

    Time Period Captured
    Numbers / Per cent
    Total tests
    Conducted Passes Pass rate (%)
    2007/08 70,766 32,779 46.3
    2008/09 65,790 32,258 49.0
    2009/10 46,281 23,790 51.4
    2010/11 43,894 22,664 51.6
    2011/12 46,550 24,401 52.4
    2012/13 46,246 24,498 53.0
    2013/14 48,283 26,224 54.3
    2014/15 55,161 30,754 55.4
    2015/16 70,233 39,000 55.5
    2016/17 78,237 44,346 56.7
    2017/18 70,619 40,808 57.8
    2018/19 73,895 43,065 58.3
    2019/20 70,288 41,434 58.9
    2020/21 27,569 15,979 58.0
    Please note the table above summarises the information contained within each worksheet. There may be circumstances where this information will not match the information published as Official Statistics due to the relevant reports being run on different dates.* As the difference is negligible it is considered an acceptable variance.

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    From an uneducated outsiders view like mine, I know nothing about HGV driving but it strikes me that the companies that moan the most about the lack of drivers are those that have invested feck all on training drivers.

    They expect somebody else to do it

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    Don't get me started ...!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vespabri View Post
    Don't get me started ...!!
    You're pÓssing mardy any how

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