Christmas lorry driver shortage feared

Christmas lorry driver shortage feared

Christmas present deliveries could be hit by a shortage of lorry drivers, the profession's trade association is warning.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the shortfall problem is not purely for Christmas, however, claiming that over 45,000 new drivers are needed across the upcoming few years.

Lorry drivers looking for a job should head for the likes of Huntingdon, Durham, Slough, Leeds, Warrington and Taunton, which are particularly hard hit. Nearly 19 out of 20 (94%) operators claim that the shortfall is really worrying, according to the FTA.

In the short-term, though, meeting Christmas delivery targets are central to the FTA's thinking. It said that nearly one in four buys are likely to be made on the internet as shoppers pay £1.7 billion daily in the lead-up to December 25.

The association's Sally Gibson said it is urging ministers to financially back the freight sector to entice fresh drivers to the industry.

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