some carriers “already know that they will not be able to provide service at the start of the school year”, warns the National Federation of Passenger Transport

Some school carriers already know “that they will not be able to provide certain services” school bus at the start of the school year in September, warns Friday August 5 on franceinfo Ingrid Mareschal, general delegate of the National Federation of Passenger Transport (FNTV). There is currently a shortage of 8,000 drivers throughout the territory to ensure all the connections. Every day, 2 million students use this means of transport and 20% of them could be affected if the situation does not change.

franceinfo: Will all the children have a bus to go to school in September?

Ingrid Marshal: Most of the students will have school buses, however there will be some difficulties in some places at least at the beginning of the year, the time that everyone manages to find solutions. All regions are affected: 1,000 drivers are missing in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 400 in the North, 700 in Pays-de-la-Loire. Île-de-France is a little less affected because there is less part-time work and a lot of children using urban transport.

>> REPORT. Shortage of school buses: in the North, 400 drivers are missing for the start of the school year

Is this a recurring problem?

This is a shortage that has existed for several years but which has worsened with the Covid crisis. Between reorientations and retirements, we have lost a lot of staff since 2020. Where before the Covid, this did not prevent us from providing service.

“We are in such a situation that some companies already know that they will not be able to provide service in September.”

Ingrid Mareschal, general delegate of the FNTV

at franceinfo

They know this in particular because the training takes at least three to four months to have an operational driver. It is a very supervised profession with many safety rules, in particular on driving and rest times that must be respected.

What’s holding you back from recruiting?

The issue of salary is important, but the difficulty is that an increase cannot be passed on directly to the customer like a restaurateur would increase the price of his menu. Carriers sign contracts with public principals, such as the regions, who cannot increase the size of the markets as they would like either.

“We have already agreed to a 5% wage increase, I don’t think we can do better as things stand.”

Ingrid Mareschal, general delegate of the FNTV

at franceinfo

It is also about showing that our profession is modern and dynamic, and that fixed hours can provide job security for a freelancer who has another job on the side.




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