Over 70 per cent of logistics operators are experiencing a driver shortage, according to a survey conducted by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
More than100 participants from companies, including Norbert Dentressangle, Marks & Spencer, Doddle, Mark Thompson Transport and Premier Foods, took part in the survey.
Of those polled, 74 per cent stated that their organisation is experiencing a driver shortage, with 51 per cent failing to recruit drivers over the past 12 months.
The shortage is a UK-wide issue, with many firms (58 per cent) failing to recruit trainee drivers and 61 per cent relying on agency workers.
The average age of drivers in the survey was 47. Some 22 per cent of firms do not finance Driver CPC for their drivers, and 56 per cent do not provide in-house training, so the average age looks set to increase.
Nearly 60 members claimed that industry image and perception is a significant factor in the driver shortage.
Despite these results, 89 per cent of those surveyed think the government is not doing enough to highlight and deal with the driver shortage crisis. A further 80 per cent claimed it is the responsibility of business to find solutions to the issue.