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National HGV driver shortage

There is a currently a national shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers and this is affecting organisations, including ours, that rely on specialist drivers with the relevant licences. 

This, added to COVID-19-related staffing shortages, is affecting bin collections.

The reasons for the driver shortage include:

  • National training was halted from April 2020 to March 2021 due to COVID-19
  • Many EU nationals have returned to their countries of origin​ 
  • There has been increased competition for drivers from logistics companies
  • Drivers are often older and many are approaching retirement
  • There have been tax changes for drivers who are or were self-employed 
  • Changes to visas mean non-UK Drivers may not be able to access UK HGV driver jobs. 

There are various things being done to try and improve the situation, including:

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