A North East recruitment agency is calling on HGV drivers to add their names to the books, claiming it is turning down work in the wake of a qualifications shake-up.
Velocity Recruitment, part of the Reece Group, believes the region is suffering from a shortage of heavy goods drivers after changes to qualification requirements led many to giving up the haulage profession.
With offices in Sunderland and Darlington, Velocity serves the logistics, industrial, commercial, engineering and construction sectors, yet its specialist driver hire service is experiencing a driver shortage after a strict new qualification for professional lorry drivers, the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), was introduced under a European Union directive.
Velocity Recruitment manager, Mike Bones said: “The Driver CPC has been introduced for the right reasons, to maintain high standards of driving. But combined with the time and money it takes to get a HGV licence, it has resulted in the haulage industry losing many experienced drivers, who have simply given up driving. The changes to the industry are going to have far-reaching effects.
“We are having to turn down haulage work every day, amounting to 250-300 hours every week.”