Driver shortages open doors for Uber Freight

Severe driver shortages in Germany’s road transport sector have opened the door for Uber Freight which is expanding its European footprint to what it describes as “Europe’s leading road transport market”.

The on-demand platform is already operating in the US and the Netherlands.

According to Daniel Buczkowski, Uber Freight’s head of European expansion, the World Bank estimates that around 40% of German truck drivers will retire in the next 10 years, creating a shortfall of 150 000 drivers. Moreover, of the time drivers are on the road, 21% of the total miles travelled are empty. “Inefficiency of this scale results in shippers struggling to find available drivers to move their goods,” he said.

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