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Driver shortage? Think safety interventions

Driver shortage? Think safety interventions

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We’ve heard plenty of solutions to the truck driver shortage, but are any of them viable?

One company thinks it has a workable answer to help recruit and retain drivers: safety interventions.

SmartDrive Systems, a driving performance solutions provider, has recommended the use of proactive, intelligence-led safety interventions to help keep drivers in their jobs for longer.

Despite rising unemployment and an economy that depends heavily on transporting goods by road, Europe is struggling to recruit long-haul truck drivers. The combination of an aging workforce, fewer young workers qualified to drive heavy-goods vehicles, and working conditions that do not appeal to everyone have led to this shortage.

Over the next 10 to 15 years, Germany alone is expected to lose around 250,000 drivers to retirement. While in the UK, the Freight Transport Association predicts around 32,000 HGV drivers from other EU countries may be affected by Brexit.

Aidan Rowsome, vice-president EMEA of SmartDrive Systems explains that analysis-based interventions will help drivers feel valued; improve morale; protect drivers from false allegations of unprofessional behaviour or damage; and raise public awareness of professional drivers.

What do you think? Is this the answer we’re looking for?

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