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New Zealand:Serious Driver Shortage

New Zealand:Serious Driver Shortage
The shortage of logging truck drivers in New Zealand is likely to get worse in the next five years as the harvest rate increases, according to the Log Transport Safety Council (LTSC). "We have a real issue with retention and supply of drivers," council secretary, Bruce Nairn says.

In search of a solution, the LTSC, Forest Owners Association (FOA) and the Road Transport Forum have hired research companies to investigate recruitment and retention of truck drivers. "The research will help us to find out why drivers come into our industry, what makes them stay, or why they leave," Nairn says in today
s FOAs Forestry Bulletin. "We also want to improve job satisfaction to retain drivers, and increase the number of drivers who want to progress to management positions."

Transport consultancies, Oliver Hatton Ltd and Transport Engineering Research NZ Ltd, are carrying out the research and a final report is expected by the end of October.

Source: Nzforestry News

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