The UK is currently dealing with a serious shortage of truck drivers, with the deficit estimated to be around 65,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers. However, it’s not alone. It’s widely predicted that global commercial truck driver shortages will continue to soar throughout 2021.
In the US, the deficit is around 61,000 drivers, having increased by nearly 20% over the past 4 years. What’s more concerning is that these trends show no signs of slowing. A survey carried out between October 2020 and January 2021 by the International Road Transport Union suggests that the global shortage is indeed serious and expected to worsen. Across Eurasia, the survey found that 20% of driver positions were not filled. Plus, European companies are expecting a 17% shortfall in drivers this year, alongside 18% in Mexico, 20% in Turkey and 24% in Russia and as much as one third in Uzbekistan.