As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, lorry drivers are more in demand than ever before. Lincoln-based recruitment company, Ambitions Personnel has underlined the importance of drivers in a crisis.
Sarah Elvidge, the agency’s Driving Divison Manager, has suggested those who usually only shop for groceries in-store are turning to online shopping deliveries while they self-isolate. She added: “More importantly, essential supply lines of medicine and machine parts are being strengthened and supported with more goods being transported than ever before seen in our lifetime.
“The increased demand from everyday retailers has subsequently increased the demand in drivers needing to deliver stock. Whether that’s food deliveries for supermarkets or medication being transported to hospitals by haulage drivers, the UK’s fight against Coronavirus rests heavily of the effectiveness of its infrastructure.
“Alongside nurses, social workers, supermarket staff and other vital areas of business, drivers will be among the people we come to rely on as the effects of the pandemic deepen.
“It’s not just the effect on the consumers, if stock isn’t being delivered to businesses, workers cannot do their jobs and this sets off a terrible chain-reaction throughout an entire business. I cannot stress how important it is for businesses to have emergency back up plans regarding their logistic departments, because, without the haulage, businesses and communities will stop running.”
Sarah says her team has seen a huge increase in the number of driving positions open up across the whole of Lincolnshire and nationally. She added: “We’ve been busy helping businesses find drivers to deliver goods and we have a pool of drivers on standby to assist with the national effort.” As more people staying home, online sales are skyrocketing, but there must be drivers available to fulfil the huge surge in orders.
Sarah continued: “This last week has been the busiest the Ambitions Driving Division has ever experienced. The UK must not underestimate the importance of our drivers. An articulated lorry is 44 tons, so imagine how many vans would be needed to deliver the same amount of goods.
“We are ready to help supply businesses with drivers for as long as they are needed. We can live without Netflix, but not without food and vital medication.”