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Britain could see a shortfall of more than 22,000 van drivers in 2022

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More than 15% of Britain’s van drivers are planning to quit their jobs within the next 12 months, new research from GoCompare Van Insurance, has revealed.

If all 15% of drivers choose to leave, this could equate to more than 44,000 drivers exiting the industry, leaving a deficit of as many as 22,14 van drivers.

Ryan Fulthorpe, motoring expert at GoCompare, said: “Our research has revealed the shocking news that the UK may lose a significant number of van drivers over the next 12 months.

“In the wake of the HGV driver shortage, we must improve working conditions for drivers to avoid any further crises.

“Van driving can be a lonely job in nature, but we need to find new solutions to improve these kinds of issues. That way, we can protect the mental health of key workers in this industry and ensure Britain’s economy remains strong.”

The Government has launched a review into HGV driver training with the aim of reducing the burden for existing and returning heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

GoCompare identified work-related stress, negative behaviour from other drivers, loneliness and poor working conditions as factors affecting the health and wellbeing of drivers, motivating van drivers to make a career change.

Delivery drivers are most likely to encounter loneliness, according to GoCompare, and of 50% of those struggling with loneliness, said they wouldn’t have a non-work-related conversation over a whole shift.

The financial burdens of being a van driver also play a part in work dissatisfaction. For those without fuel cards, 10% of their yearly salary is spent on filling up.

Two-thirds of drivers also receive inconsistent or insufficient pay, according to the research.

As of June 2021, Britain had seen a 5.2% yearly increase in van traffic, making up an 18.4% share of roads, according to the comparison site.

Read the full research on the GoCompare website.

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