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Cavan Councillor says over-regulation is creating a shortage of HGV drivers

Jul 13, 2021 13:07 By News Northern Sound
Cavan Councillor says over-regulation is creating a shortage of HGV drivers Cavan Councillor says over-regulation is creating a shortage of HGV drivers
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The average age of a HGV or coach driver in Ireland is thought to be 55 years old.

A Cavan Councillor says over-regulation is creating a shortage of HGV drivers.

Fine Gael's Peter McVitty has called on the Department of Transport to make the sector more attractive for younger people.

The average age of a HGV or coach driver in Ireland is thought to be 55 and increasing.

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The Sunday Independent reported this week that the Irish Road Haulage Association wrote to Minister Hildegarde Naughton recently warning that a shortage of drivers will impact domestic and international distribution.

Peter McVitty says he agrees that all regulations are in place for a reason, but there are cases where it's restrictive on the company and putting younger people off the job.

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At a recent Cavan County Council meeting, Councillor Winston Bennett added that there needs to be more roadside facilities for lorry drivers, with Sarah O'Reilly saying it is another example young people being shown at "lack of respect" in many aspects of society.

Councillor McVitty asked that the Council write to the Department of Transport to highlight the issues, and he's also been in contact with CMETB to see if a HGV Driver course, which was delayed by Covid-19, could be got up and running.

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