The driver shortage crisis could be exacerbated in the wake of Covid-19 as drivers struggle to make up their CPC driver training hours, fleet managers are warning.

According to an independent survey, commissioned by Fleet Source, fleet managers fear there will be a supply crisis on Driver CPC training in the wake of Covid-19 which could hamper the logistics industry’s recovery.

Fleet Source chief executive Nick Caesari said: “More than half the fleet managers we spoke to were worried that their drivers would fall behind with their CPC training.

“One operator told us that they anticipated a major bottleneck on driver training as operators played catch-up on CPC hours. Another wondered how many training providers would still be in business to satisfy the post-crisis demand.

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“Nearly half the fleet managers we spoke to, said they wouldn’t be prepared for cost increases as one of the knock-on effects of the impact of the supply issues and as training providers attempt to recoup their losses.”

The Fleet Source survey revealed that:

• 94% of all booked driver training had already been or was due to be cancelled

• 57% said that their drivers would be behind with CPC training hours

• 47% feared that demand for driver training courses would be greater than supply

• 44% said they would not be prepared for cost increases

• 31% thought they would struggle to schedule in courses

Caesari said Fleet Source is helping its customers through the crisis by cutting course costs for contracted customers and delivering transport manager training and driver CPC training via its online livecast platform Fleet Source Live.