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Great Britain: Shortage of bus drivers greater than assumed – because they prefer to drive trucks

Dhe shortage of bus drivers in Great Britain is even greater than previously thought, according to a survey. That comes from a study published on Monday by the union Unite, for which 500 union members from the industry were asked. The clear result is that the number of vacancies has increased since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

In 99 percent of the companies represented in the survey, there is said to be a shortage of drivers. Almost half said they had lost between 20 and 40 drivers in that time.

“This survey reveals that bus drivers are leaving the industry in droves because of poor pay, lousy working conditions and long shifts,” said Sharon Graham of Unite. Bus companies have to face this fact and improve the conditions. “If that doesn’t happen quickly, the shortage will get worse.”

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According to industry experts, many bus drivers are said to have switched to the logistics industry, as better wages are now being paid there due to a blatant shortage of truck drivers with devastating consequences. The UK Department of Transport said it had already added capacity for more driving tests and accelerated the process of driving license issuance

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