Driver shortage alert for the transportation sector
07:00 • since 05. 2021
yet to come alarming, but it has already become one of the worries of more than 3200 road transport companies Holders of a license to practice this activity in Almeria Governorate. The point is that Drivers are becoming rare.
case that It goes into more and it can get worse in the next years. It is not a new problem, and in fact it is being repeated in countries like United kingdom NS United StateWhere many shops and supermarkets suffer Deficiency problems Because of the lack of professional drivers.
In the case of Almeria, the situation is increasingly alarming, both for companies in the sector and for the entire economy that is highly dependent on this transportation system.
Alarm raised by land transport association (CETM), which represents the thousands of companies that make up the sector in the province, and the companies of the state as a whole. It warns that if measures are not taken to address this deficiency”The consequences could be dire“.
The first measure they demand is to address targeted programs To facilitate Appropriate exercise subordinate young drivers, since a recent survey of international transport organization (IRU) reveals that lack of training is one of the main reasons for not hiring new employees and, therefore, it is necessary to invest in the education of new professionals, Funding and making it more accessible Obtaining the required permits to drive a heavy vehicle.
Although it is Truck He is subject of limitations Or that there is an attempt to direct the transfer of goods to lower modes carbon traces, such as a ship or railway, the fact is that the demand for road transport is increasing, especially with Online sales “booming”, which requires a large spread of fleets, albeit in general smaller than that required by sectors such as fruit and vegetables.
To solve the problem of the shortage of drivers in the Freight Transport Association He turns his eyes towards the Andalusian Military Council and other independent communities to follow the example of Castilla y León, where the regional government launched a project for Pay up to 75 percent of the cost of obtaining C, C+E, and CAP permits.
The companies consider this to be a good model for the Andalusian Council because it will help Attracting young people and those interested in the professionBut they find it difficult to bear the costs involved.
Transport pioneers prefer to try Increasing the number of “native” professional driversInstead of resorting to looking for them abroad, they rely on taking measures such as outlawing Loading and unloading carried out by drivers, improve working conditions and Make the profession more attractive.
The message that the employers’ union sends to management is emphatic, “They are looking for solutions to transport goods by road, A vital sector to supply the population and the functioning of the economy“.
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