Our hard working, good-hearted king of the road, who loved his job, and the freedom it gave him. Well, it seems that lorry driving isn’t as attractive as it once was.
The current shortage of drivers has got the media buzzing with stories of empty supermarket shelves throughout the winter months. The Road Haulage Association is lobbying government to make a substantial contribution towards the cost of acquiring a vocational driving licence.
DVSA figures suggest that there are 50% less drivers taking tests than five years ago. And with the cost of acquiring an HGV licence at around £3,000, it’s not an easy option for young drivers.
Let’s hope the government can find some money to put behind the wheel. After all, as someone or other says, every little helps…