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Driver shortage affecting whole of Europe

Driver shortage affecting whole of Europe

Research has revealed the extent of the driver shortage in Europe.

A new report, revealed that Europe’s road transport companies are hurtling toward a driver shortage crisis of 150,000 unfilled jobs.

Published by supply chain analyst Transport Intelligence, the report found that in six countries alone (the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and Norway) the driver shortfall is 127,500.

The UK has the largest shortfall, with a shortage of 52,000 drivers. However, Germany is not far behind, with 45,000 current truck driver vacancies to fill.

According to the report: “In Germany, the DSLV transport union reports that in the next 15 years, two-thirds of drivers will retire. Germany is facing a shortage of 45,000 truck drivers, with around 30,000 leaving the profession every year. This compares with only 2,000 people receiving truck-driving qualifications each year.”

France has a shortage of 20,000 drivers. The situation is less stark in Sweden (5,000), Norway (3,000), and Denmark (2,500), but it remains a serious issue across Europe.
It is unclear what driver shortage numbers are in other countries across the continent, but it is likely that the trend will continue in most western countries.

Driver numbers have been in decline for the past 20 years. Eastern Europeans have helped to fill this gap in the labour market, but there is still a long way to go before the problem is solved.

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6 Comments

  1. If they payed proper wages they might get driver’s I have a class 1 and makè more money as a taxi driver 15 pound a hour so if you can get me a driving job that pays more I’ll take it

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  2. I’ve never understood why Pcv driver can’t drive class 2 lorries & vice Versa as they are same size in length & width may go some way in helping with the lorry driver shortage.

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  3. Just jacked in and gone on the spanners repairing HGV more money less hours. Up the wages I’d get back behind the wheel. As I love driving till then I ll stick repairing them

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  4. I leaving leaving the industry next month. I’ve started from the bottom, owned a truck company in the UK and moved around europe truck driving. The pay is awful, the hours we work put lives at risk, the fines in countries like France for going over hours trying to find somewhere to park and money you loose waiting for loads make the time you spent away not even worth it, and he stress levels are getting worse. I have spoke to many drivers who are quitting the industry now and are all leaving due to these reasons and the periodic training that is a total waste of time and money. Anybody looking to join this industry, dont bother! Save your money and enjoy time with your family.

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    • Fleet Speak

      We are sorry to hear that you are leaving this industry. But we love your thoughts, and would love to read more of what you have to say. Contact us if you’d like to write a piece for us, we’d love to publish it!

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  5. After reading this blog I find it interesting that it’s only hgv drivers. I have both pcv and hgv2. I stay with pcv as it is alot easier and pays the same even as a class 1 driver. I think mayb the management should get behind the wheel instead of being stuck behind a desk forgetting what it’s all about. And the people are right this cpc, what a truck full of rubbish. I have to sit through a week boring class to be able to obtain the hgv one as this covers both the hgv and pcv.
    The industry as a whole should pay alot more, let’s face it we drive as we love the road, but to much pressure now and not enough money offered…

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