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What's it like to be in the 1% of female lorry drivers?

Added 09-04-21 07:04:02am EST - “The chronic shortage of lorry drivers has led haulage firms to try to attract more women to the role.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “What's it like to be in the 1% of female lorry drivers?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

With the UK facing a chronic shortage of lorry drivers, some haulage firms are trying to attract more women to the profession, as currently only 1% of truck drivers are female.

Shanalee Johnson, who drives for one of the country's largest haulage firms, Wincanton, is part of that 1%.

The 28-year-old, who received her licence just before the pandemic hit the UK in February 2020, says her passion for driving and love of "anything that is a bit different or unorthodox" led her to seek a role in the haulage industry, after previously working night shifts in a supermarket.

"I have always been a night person," she says. "During the day there's so much more traffic, so learning at night, that was a bit easier on me personally. Even in my previous job I did nights."

As to why there are so few women driving lorries, Ms Johnson, who mostly carries out short trips around London, says the "stigma" that HGV driving is a "man's job" might be putting some people off.

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