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08 Oct 2021

Bus driver shortage a ‘crisis’

A shortage of bus drivers is forcing operators to cancel services in Bristol and parts of Gloucestershire.

The boss of First West of England said the problems were ‘unlike any other the UK transport industry has faced’.

Afternoon rush hour in Bristol
Afternoon rush hour in Bristol
Geof Sheppard [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

The causes include Covid-19 and Brexit, as well as strike action at the DVLA (Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency), sickness, and other companies ‘poaching’ their drivers.

Mayor of the West of England, Dan Norris (b. 1960), has described the situation as a public transport ‘crisis’.


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03 Oct 2021 | 17:28

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