A Unite the union national survey from the bus sector has revealed driver shortages at a far higher level than previously indicated by the industry, revealing the principal reasons why drivers are leaving is due to low pay, poor conditions and long hours.
The survey found that driver shortages are getting worse, with 79 per cent of respondents recording that vacancies had increased since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The survey also reflects Unite the unions own concerns for the SPS service, and will represent a disturbing picture for SPS passengers, worried about the potential of a declining and unreliable service to and from site.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This survey reveals that bus drivers are leaving the industry in droves due to low pay, poor working conditions and long hours. Bus companies have got to stop trying to sweep driver shortages under the carpet and start tackling the fundamental problems in the industry.”