Bus companies try to recruit drivers during national shortage

First Eastern Counties are offering £250 to new drivers in a ‘golden handshake’ scheme. The worker who recommends the new driver will also receive £250.

This comes as a result of the national driver shortage, which has left the bus company thirty drivers short and means some services are temporarily reduced.

Chris Speed, Head of Operations, says that the government’s call for lorry drivers has caused some drivers at First Bus to leave in the hopes of earning more money elsewhere. However, Speed says the offers of money for becoming a lorry driver “weren’t realistic”.

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