July 2, 2022

The truck driver shortage in the UK: A potentially major economic disaster

The UK is facing a shortage of truck drivers, and the problem isn’t going to get better anytime soon. That’s because there are fewer people entering the profession than those who leave it (or retire). The British Trucking Association estimates that around 40,000 new drivers will be needed in order for UK roads to keep moving.

A big part of the shortage is because many new drivers are recruited from older ones. The average age of a truck driver in the UK is now 50, and around two-thirds of them will retire by 2020. This means that we’re going to need around 19,000 new recruits each year until then – and it’s likely that this number will continue to increase after 2020.

According to the Department for Transport, around 70% of people who become truck drivers do so as a second career – and those with some life experience are more likely to succeed. Additionally, 9 out of 10 new drivers on the road today joined as OAPs (Over 45s). This means that if you’re a young driver, or thinking of becoming one, this could be the right time.

At Direct Capital we understand that being a truck driver is not just a job – it’s an important role in society. To help ensure your safety and security out on the road, please click here to read our guide to insurance for HGV/LGV drivers.

When it comes to being a safe and efficient driver, you’re in safe hands with Direct Capital’s team of experienced support staff on hand to answer any questions about insurance for HGV/LGV drivers. We pride ourselves on looking after all our customers’ needs when it comes to taking out or renewing an insurance policy.

If you need any assistance with your insurance for HGV/LGV drivers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to speak with new customers about what they are looking for.

For more information on our insurance services or if you have any queries, call the Direct Capital team today on 0330 122 9972.

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We’re always happy to speak with new customers about what they are looking for. For more information on our insurance services or if you have any queries, call the Direct Capital team today on 0330 122 9972.

If you need any assistance with your insurance for HGV/LGV drivers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to speak with new customers about what they are looking for.

For more information on our insurance services or if you have any queries, call the Direct Capital team today on 0330 122 9972.

If you need any assistance with your insurance for HGV/LGV drivers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to speak with new customers about what they are looking for.

For more information on our insurance services or if you have any queries, call the Direct Capital team today on 0330 122 9972.