Freight News, Road

Driver shortage still serious, says IRU

[ March 8, 2021   //   ]

There is still an alarming shortage of drivers worldwide, despite reduced demand due to Covid-19, says the International Road Transport Union in its latest survey. Surveying 800 road transport companies from over 20 countries, IRU found that the shortage was most acute in Eurasia, where last year 20% of driver positions were not filled. China was the least affected country in 2020 with only 4% of jobs open. Elsewhere, driver shortage was less serious in 2020 than 2019 due to the pandemic. In Europe, unfilled driver positions fell by around three quarters, from 24% to 7% for truck drivers. Transport companies however forecast driver shortages to intensify again in 2021 as economies recover and demand for transport services increases.