Truck Driver Crisis Impacting Buses
The HGV driver crisis, which has severely impacted road freight transport in the UK, has now led to bus drivers moving to lorry driving due to much better pay.
Cancellations and disruption to bus services have increased significantly over recent weeks as the number of available bus drivers shrinks, according to the passenger transport union ‘Unite’.
The salaries needed to retain truck drivers, and tempt new ones, have risen considerably during the current crisis, making the industry much more appealing.
Rallying calls for drivers has had a small impact on the shortage, with up to 5% of the estimated 100,000 shortfall probably now covered.
However, the issue goes on and the list of obstacles to overcome when delivering containers continues to grow, which also now includes:
- Port congestion delaying pick-ups and drop-offs.
- Fuel increases, and at times fuel availability.
- Empty container restitutions being refused, with very late notice.
- Limited availability for purchasing new vehicles.
- Port Omissions disrupting supply.
Atlantic Pacific continue to work diligently to mitigate supply chain disruption during these extremely difficult times. Should you require further information on the above, then please do not hesitate to contact us.