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Truck drivers invited to have their say on driver shortages

As part of an international research project about global driver shortages, Australian heavy vehicle operators are being invited to share their views.

And the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) is urging drivers to take part.

“The International Road Transport Union (IRU) is undertaking its annual snapshot of the world’s driver shortages and thanks to the partnership with NatRoad, we are able to include Australia’s views for the first time,” said NatRoad chief executive officer Warren Clark.

“As the sole Australian member representing road freight in the IRU, which is the United Nations-affiliated body representing road transport, NatRoad is driving local participation, helping to ensure we have the latest data on Australia’s experiences.

“The shortage of drivers is one of the most pressing issues facing our industry today and it’s important to know where Australia stands in comparison with other countries.

“We need localised data to be able to advocate for change with our own governments, through a clear understanding of how the shortages are impacting our industry and our operators.”

Participation is open to everyone across the industry, with the survey taking less than 10 minutes to complete.

Clark said NatRoad will share the findings with industry after July and use them to have evidence-based conversations with regulators and governments.

“Among some of the issues we are keen to explore are improved driver training pathways and broader support for making road transport more attractive for new drivers and for people transitioning from other industries,” Clark said.

Last year’s report found that truck driver shortages have increased globally, with more than three million unfilled truck driver jobs, or 7 per cent of total positions, in the 36 countries studied.

To take part in the research project, click here before May 31, 2024.


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