Dutch lorries need female and immigrant drivers

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Dutch transport organisation head says 3,500 vacancies in the transport industry can be filled up by more women and immigrant drivers.

27 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Ger Ros, director of the Dutch transport organisation VTL, has said in a radio interview that more women and members of the immigrant community should be taken on as lorry drivers.

He argues that this is the only way to solve the shortage of transport personnel. At the moment, there are 3,500 vacancies in the road-haulage sector. Almost all lorry drivers are white males.

Ros says working practices will have to change to attract more women and immigrant drivers. In particular, this will mean more flexible hours and fewer long-haul routes.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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