Driver training specialist HGVC is warning bus companies to recruit, train and test new drivers now to meet growing demand and overcome driver shortages. HGVC is recommending bus companies start training and testing new drivers soon to avoid the more immediate shortage of bus drivers becoming a more long-term problem.

With many operators seeing growing demand for bus service as people get back to commuting post pandemic, some are struggling to recruit and train enough new drivers.

Moreover, despite an increase in capacity following Government action, many expect large vehicle training and testing to be stretched as businesses train up HGV drivers to meet Christmas demand.

To address these challenges and avoid a short-term shortfall becoming a more chronic issue, many operators will need help with large scale PCV license acquisition.

James Clifford, CEO of HGVC, said: “Bus companies across the UK provide a vital service, and can often be the only form of transport for some communities. From speaking to our bus company customers, we know that demand for bus services continues to grow. So, getting more efficient and cost-effective support in place is vital for these companies to be able to meet future demand as we get into the Autumn and the approach to Christmas and the New Year.”

With an ever-expanding network of more than 400 training centres across the UK, HGVC is the UK’s largest provider of license acquisition programmes. It is trusted by companies large and small to remove the burden of training. PCV training is just one of several courses offered by HGVC. The firm offers courses across every UK licence category. It also offers courses for those needed to drive dangerous goods, operate lorry mounted cranes and forklifts, and to gain the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence.