The shortage nightmare what is being lived on United Kingdom derived from the lack of carriers it could happen in Spain. This is warned by the road transport employers in our country, who point out the worrying lack of drivers, but also other causes.
According to the Spanish Confederation of Freight Transport (CETM), they estimate that, in just three years, Spain will need 15,000 truckers new because the template is old.
For its part, the Galician Federation of Freight Transport (Fegatramer), warns that the transport of goods In our country “travels to the edge of the precipice “ and not only due to the lack of drivers, but also due to current policies, the crisis derived from the pandemic and the ills that are already endemic in the sector. They speak of a perfect storm.
More young drivers, who do not arrive
In our country, the average age of the carrier staff is 50 years. And the worrying thing is that a generational change is not taking place. Thus, the Secretary General of the CETM, José María Quijano, has affirmed it in a interview with El Confidencial Digital.
And in the same it indicates that thing of three years, Spain will need 15,000 transport professionals, being vital the interest of the young generations. Which, according to Quijano, seems complicated.
“The new generations are not so given to mobility and having to be away from home. This causes many people are not willing to get on a truck and be out and about and away from his family, “he explains to this medium.
Thus, they consider that the administrations should promote this interest, for example by subsidizing the obtaining of this permit. In this sense, regulations have recently been reformed so that it can get a license to drive trucks and buses at age 18 and not at 9 or 24 as it used to be.
The DGT presumed that this was in response to a historical demand by the CETM, but from the sector the they considered insufficientAnd it is that, for example, the reduction of age is conditioned to the ordinary CAP (280 hours), when most of the courses taught in Spain are of the accelerated modality (140 hours).
Thus, the National Federation of Transport Associations of Spain (Fenadismer) has already criticized that the measure will not help drive the arrival of new drivers then would have minimal impact.
Poor working conditions and policies that do not favor road transport
For their part, from Fegatramer, they consider that the lack of drivers stems from also structural problems. For example, the situation of transport companies that they cannot assume living wages for a profession that is as tough as it is demanding. What has worsened with the crisis of the pandemic.
In fact, to the long hours behind the wheel and outside the home, for example, it is added that in general it is the truckers who carry out the loading and unloading of merchandise. Fegatramer believes that this is an abuse and that it should be prohibited and regulated. And according to the CETM, it is one of the main causes that discourage employment in the sector.
They also demand that update occupational health and safety measures and that professional training is adapted to the new needs of the market and companies, as well as the improvement of practices and that they do not imply a burden on companies.
However, the Galician employers believe that beyond the lack of drivers, the sector is running into other shortcomings and short-term obstacles.
The effects of the pandemic, electricity or fuel surge (He speaks of the exorbitant price of diesel) or the fees and taxes are drowning in his opinion the companies in the public freight transport sector.
He also criticizes the future highway tolls what are they proposing: yes the sector threatened mobilizations if they were not included among the exceptions. Be that as it may, they demand that the Government decisions are agreed with the sector.
Added to this is the mandatory renewal of the fleet of vehicles, in the wake of environmental requirements, and they criticize that the administrations retire in 20 years about 400,000 trucks without an alternative plan to mobilize 90% of the goods that are currently transported by road in Spain.
On the other hand, they speak of constant stigmatization. For instance the recent release of tolls on various highways, which has meant a greater occupation of roads, as is the case of the AP-7. And the solution imposed has been the traffic ban for trucks on Sundays without consider that the measure affects supply.
With all this in hand, the sector considers that if urgent and practical measures are not taken, the pressing shortage of drivers will not be the only problem, if not the lack of transport companies, threatened for these reasons, as well as that of the own vehicles.