Driving force

January 2005
Cabinet Maker;1/21/2005, Issue 5422, p71
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the management of distribution and storage of goods across Great Britain. The latest figures from trade body, the Freight Transport Association, show that the driver shortage stands at 50,000, but it estimates that this figure will increase to 76,000 with the introduction of the Road Transport Directive in March this year, as drivers' hours are cut. Haulage firms say the perception of long hours and low pay is deterring new recruits, while others say the expense and increased complexity of teaching people to drive HGVs is preventing hauliers from offering training. INSET: Unions oppose working time rules interpretation.


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