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Lorry Driver shortage

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I just don't get it. Travelling up and then coming back from Wakey yesterday via A1 and A14 it was nose to tail Lorries. If anything, it's been busier with lorries the last two times we've travelled up.
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Any excuse, brexit, covid blah blah blah, lorry load of bollocks.
On t' plus side, get thee sen on a driving course the wages are going up.
Petrol shortage next.
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I let my HGV lapse 10 years ago....

would cost too much to re-instate it again..
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mentalcase wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:17 pm Any excuse, brexit, covid blah blah blah, lorry load of bollocks.
On t' plus side, get thee sen on a driving course the wages are going up.
Petrol shortage next.
Still a hard sell though. These drivers have always been underpaid if you ask me for the hours they work. Apparently it costs you 2k just to complete the training these days. I've always thought about giving it a go but I sometimes struggle with a 7.5 tonne box van nevermind a HGV.
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My brother in law is an HGV driver, he did tramping for years, the hours are long, the conditions are pretty crap you spend your life sat on motorways and A roads, you sleep in the wagon some are crap then there’s the terrible ones, the food is from services and/or road side cafes so they for the most part have poor diets and they have poor sleep. He had a massive stroke when parked up in Coventry luckily for him another driver spotted him and called an ambulance saved his life.

After the stroke and the rehab (8months) he’s not the same guy and he doesn’t trust himself driving a big rig so doesn’t drive anything over 7.5 ton and only in and around the north now adays.

They couldn’t pay me enough to do that job
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Tom Cruise to the rescue
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hector wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:25 pm I let my HGV lapse 10 years ago....

would cost too much to re-instate it again..
You don't have to.. 😉
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I've been tramping for 40 years.
This shortage of drivers isn't a recent thing !
There's been a massive shortage of drivers for 15/20 years..the reason :- s**t wages..
The job usually entails 70 to 72 hours a week. Away from home for 4 to 5 nights a week. Massive lack of truckstops and basic facilities. That's why lay-bys and industrial estates are full of trucks on a night. Thieves slashing curtains virtually every night, then there's the diesel thieves too.. the job is crap..
So why do we do it ? It's in our blood.
There's still a great commeradary between truck drivers.
I know wages are going up because of the shortage, but it's too little too late.
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Haighy wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 4:52 am I've been tramping for 40 years.
This shortage of drivers isn't a recent thing !
There's been a massive shortage of drivers for 15/20 years..the reason :- s**t wages..
The job usually entails 70 to 72 hours a week. Away from home for 4 to 5 nights a week. Massive lack of truckstops and basic facilities. That's why lay-bys and industrial estates are full of trucks on a night. Thieves slashing curtains virtually every night, then there's the diesel thieves too.. the job is crap..
So why do we do it ? It's in our blood.
There's still a great commeradary between truck drivers.
I know wages are going up because of the shortage, but it's too little too late.
Going from Rats & your comments, lorry driving sounds a horrendous job!

Well done Haighy, you are obviously a credit to your profession & your employers.
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I’m sure they could get deliveroo to drop the petrol off around the cities :duno:
anyhoos those that live in the sticks should go back to horse n cart for the time being
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Haighy wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 4:41 am You don't have to.. 😉
I thought that they had introduced new tests, etc and there is the medical cost too...

Plus.. I would have to apply for my digital tacho licence again...
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Gave up fuel tanker driving 7 years ago, sold up and moved to Bulgaria, don't regret it for one minute even though tanker driving is what you might call 'the luxurious side of truckin'.

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hector wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 7:06 am I thought that they had introduced new tests, etc and there is the medical cost too...

Plus.. I would have to apply for my digital tacho licence again...
You'll still have your HGV license.
Yep, there's the medicals to pay for. Mines every 5 yrs. Depends on your age of course.
Digi cards are £25 to re-new.
Oh and don't forget the CPC.. now that is a fecking rip - off...😡

So go for it Hector..😉
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Fuel at services running out here :(

What a mess our country is in!!!!

Meanwhile Boris is jollying with the new American president.

Get the tories out, they have made a right pigs ear of everything :chair:
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1964white wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:11 am Fuel at services running out here :(

What a mess our country is in!!!!

Meanwhile Boris is jollying with the new American president.

Get the tories out, they have made a right pigs ear of everything :chair:
Whilst I agree with that '64.... Who can replace them??? Sir Kier may just draw with himself in an election,
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Haighy wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:37 am You'll still have your HGV license.
Yep, there's the medicals to pay for. Mines every 5 yrs. Depends on your age of course.
Digi cards are £25 to re-new.
Oh and don't forget the CPC.. now that is a fecking rip - off...😡

So go for it Hector..😉
What is the CPC?? and how much is it??
I am 60 next birthday which is why I let my licence lapse 10 years back
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hector wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:29 am Whilst I agree with that '64.... Who can replace them??? Sir Kier may just draw with himself in an election,
That's the dilemma Hector :(
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Just been to Tesco's to do some food shopping for the weekend. Predictably the approach road is chocker with fuel panic buyers queuing. There is bound to be at least a short term shortage of fuel, regardless of whether there is a real lack of supply, as most of it will be in cars parked on people's driveways.
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1964white wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:11 am Fuel at services running out here :(

What a mess our country is in!!!!

Meanwhile Boris is jollying with the new American president.

Get the tories out, they have made a right pigs ear of everything :chair:
The only reason why there is a shortage of fuel is the dickheads who are going to get £5 worth to fill their tanks up and those going with jerry cans .It,s the media that cause,s this just like it did with loo rolls.
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eastyorkshirewhite wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:14 pm The only reason why there is a shortage of fuel is the dickheads who are going to get £5 worth to fill their tanks up and those going with jerry cans .It,s the media that cause,s this just like it did with loo rolls.
Just read an article in my local paper. Yes I think you are referring to idiots like these:

She said: "I have bought four containers of fuel today, so I'm well stocked up. Stock up people as cars are queuing onto the roads. Tons of cars are filling cans and petrol containers. It's bad out there!"
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