Driver shortages and the Driver CPC are by far the most challenging issues faced by transport managers, according to a survey conducted for the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
The poll of 265 ‘O’ licence-nominated transport managers, carried out in July this year, highlighted the impact these issues are having on their role.
Results were published in the third annual Transport Manager Survey, sponsored by Volvo Trucks, which was available to delegates at FTA’s Transport Manager conference series. It provided a comprehensive overview of transport managers’ assessment of the state of the industry and the role that they play in UK logistics. The results highlight the on-going issues of driver shortage, an ageing workforce, barriers to recruiting young people into the industry, inadequate roadside facilities and congested roads.
Driver recruitment and retention has continued to be a major issue for transport managers this year. Over 46% reported that in recent months they were either unable to fill HGV driver vacancies or had experienced long delays in doing so. A majority of transport managers anticipated a shortage of drivers in the near future, with most blaming retirement as the greatest contributing factor. This is consistent with the number expecting to retire in the next five years.
More than three-quarters of the transport managers surveyed were over 45 years of age (76%), none of the respondents were under the age of 24 and the number under the age of 34 had fallen slightly this year from 6% to 5% of the transport manager population. This highlights the continuing need to attract new transport managers to the industry at a younger age. Significantly, 34% of respondents indicated that they are planning to leave the industry in the next five years, increasing sharply from 23% last year.