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Driver shortage impedes forwarders services says British International Freight Association, BIFA

The trade association that represents companies responsible for handling much of the UK’s visible trade is warning that a severe shortage of HGV drivers could wreak havoc with deliveries in the lead up to the Christmas peak.Whilst members of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) tend to be truck hirers, rather than operators, they report that the difficulties being caused by the shortage of HGV drivers is being compounded by an earlier-then-expected peak season with higher-than-forecast volumes of container and trailer imports.

BIFA also says that implementation of new HGV driver regulations in early September – the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) – has also contributed to a driver shortage already present within the logistics and distribution sector, and caused by a lack of new entrants.

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