Truck driving fails to impress in Twitter poll

The majority of parents who voted in a Twitter poll conducted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), operator of half of the UK fleet, don’t want their children to become truck drivers. 79% of parents who voted, followers of the FTA’s official Twitter account, say they wouldn’t recommend the industry to their children.

The reasons for the driver shortage in the road transport industry include low wages, inadequate roadside facilities and poor public perception of the industry. The FTA has been working with the government and outside agencies to promote the industry to the next generation.

Sally Gilson, FTA’s skills development policy manager, said: “Modern day trucks are technologically advanced and probably not what the public imagines. We have been campaigning for better roadside facilities for drivers - it’s just not acceptable that they can’t take their breaks in designated areas with toilets and wash rooms.

“The lack of facilities is certainly discouraging women from entering the profession – only 1% of truck drivers in the UK are female. Logistics is vital to the UK economy and we need to ensure that we have enough professional drivers to fulfil the industry’s needs.”