"We are on the verge of a supply collapse," BGL board spokesman Dirk Engelhardt tells the WELT. In 2010, the last year before the abolition of compulsory military service, about 17,800 people did driver training with the Bundeswehr. In the meantime, only 15,000 new professional drivers enter the market every year, and 30,000 drivers retire every year for reasons of age. This means that at the end of the decade we will be 330,000 lorry drivers short. That means 50% of the trucks cannot be filled. Engelhardt also blames poor working conditions for the driver shortage.
German rest areas are in a state of emergency from 5 p.m. onwards. This is because 90% of the lorry parking spaces are already occupied. Those who arrive later park on the hard shoulder, in and out of car parks, drive into industrial estates or other places that are not designated truck parking spaces. After 4-5 attempts to find a parking space every day, drivers often have no other choice when their driving time is over. During these attempts and repeated braking and accelerating of the 40t vehicles, massive amounts of diesel are consumed and often the driving time is exceeded, resulting in fines. During a police check in March 2020 in Schleswig-Holstein, 222 driving time violations were found among 378 drivers checked.
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