Yesterday we wrote about immigrant drivers and a commenter expressed his view about the responsibility of the industry.
I have received this email from an industry insider:
Dear Mr Whale Oil,
I believe that the government has made an error in removing truck drivers from the skill shortage list.
In this case I agree with what the Herald journalist has written, and I know that a mistake has been made with this decision.
It was interesting to read your piece, and the comments.
Without doubt there is a shortage of drivers in New Zealand, and in most of the developed world. This is because these people (drivers) have special skills, and we arenâ€™t making them fast enough.
Ken Shirley said it takes years to make a Class 5 driver, and one of your commenters said that it takes a much shorter time. Please understand that this is not about getting a licence. Any half-arsed dickhead can get a licence. I am talking about being a driver of a unit weighing 40 tonnes, driving head on towards you, and worth $500,000. Not anyone can drive one of those. Not anyone can get ability to drive a heavy vehicle in a short time. The guys we train take about 3 years to get to that level.Â Read more »