Today, the shortage of drivers is no longer just one of the most important problems facing the freight transport sector, but has become a “social” problem on which the continuity and viability of various economic activities depend.
When almost all goods are transported by road - 78% in Europe and over 80% in Italy - not having drivers means effectively stopping trade and the exchange of fundamental goods such as food and medicines. This is fortunately still a remote prospect, but stopping transport means empty shelves, just as was the case in the UK following Brexit.
So, if until recently the concern about the viability of the system was only voiced by associations and fleet managers, who have seen the average age of their employees rise over the years and are now looking for new recruits, including on the other side of the world, the trend is now broadening: focusing on the lack of drivers means turning the spotlight on a global issue.
In fact, we increasingly hear about goods standing idle in warehouses, new trucks parked unused in sheds, and delays in deliveries. The lack of generational turnover has reached its peak.
So, paradoxically, while on the one hand many young people are desperately looking for work, on the other hand the road haulage sector can no longer find new resources to hire. Why is this happening? Who can and must do something to remedy a situation that has imploded?
With the contribution of companies, media representatives and associations, Transpotec Logitec 2022 will provide a platform to give voice to this issue, an opportunity to discuss what to do, but also to launch concrete initiatives and open a debate with institutions.
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