June 13 2023

CPT has submitted an in-depth response to the Migration Advisory Committee calling for bus and coach drivers to be added to the Shortage Occupation List. 

Keith McNally, Operations Director at CPT, said:

"Despite a range of industry initiatives to recruit and retain more drivers, many operators are still experiencing significant staff shortages, with CPT’s latest member survey showing a coach vacancy rate of 14.6% and bus at 6.8%. 

"This is why CPT consulted its members about making a case to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to include bus and coach drivers on the Shortage Occupational List (SOL) to enable operators to recruit from abroad.  Both our member policy-making bodies - the Bus and Coach Commissions – agreed, and in May 2023, CPT submitted a detailed response to the MAC’s call for evidence."