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Driver shortage ‘impacting viability’ of logistics businesses

PUBLISHED: 14:11 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 25 April 2018

Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal's regulatory team. Picture: Dave Richardson

Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal's regulatory team. Picture: Dave Richardson

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The transport and logistics industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of drivers, said bosses at an East Anglian industry event.

Ashtons Legal partner Tim Ridyard, whose firm organised the sector event in Ipswich yesterday, said serious concerns had been raised, with two-thirds of delegates saying they had seen a deterioration in recruitment over the past three months and none saying the situation had improved.

Mr Ridyard said: “There are serious concerns in the road transport and logistics sector, not only about the availability of UK or EU professional drivers, but in the future of other EU workers, who account for a significant part of the workforce, impacting the viability of many businesses.”

He added the latest statistics showed a 45,000 to 50,000 shortfall in drivers. Low pay and the industry becoming unattractive were cited among the reasons.

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