Driver shortage major threat to haulage industry

Driver shortage
Driver shortage

One of Northern Ireland’s largest transport firms is attempting to tackle the escalating HGV driver shortage crisis which the industry’s leading voices believe could pose a major threat to the transport industry.

Based in Glengormley and with depots throughout the Republic of Ireland and the UK, the Montgomery Transport Group has launched a recruitment campaign in a bid to recruit up to 60 new drivers amidst well publicised warnings about the impact of the driver shortage which is now attracting major headlines throughout the UK and Ireland.

Recent government figures reveal that the driver shortage is worsening, with the Office of National Statistics confirming thousands of driver vacancies in all sectors of transport and distribution.

The Montgomery Transport Group is aiming to address the shortage by recruiting up to 60 new drivers for permanent and temporary roles across all three of its divisions – full loads, distribution and bulk tanks.

“The road haulage industry is the lifeblood of any economy and the HGV driver shortage is a crisis which must be addressed immediately - or the wider economy will suffer greatly along with the industry,” said Montgomery group director and general manager Stephen Marshall.

“The transportation sector is taken for granted at times and not always recognised for the vital role it plays in growing any forward-thinking economy, but I woudl encourage anyone with a HGV licence and necessary accreditations to consider this as a good career.