The IRU released a new report showing that truck, bus, and coach driver shortages in Europe could triple by 2026 if there is no action taken. The need for drivers continues to increase, with a 44% growth in demand from January to September this year. By 2026, 30% of current drivers are expected to retire. But few young drivers are joining the industry, despite pay rates that are 5 times minimum wage and high youth unemployment in many countries.
1. Europe driver shortage to triple by 2026 if no action: new IRU report, IRU, Nov 14, 2022. Acessed Nov 19, 2022.