Long hours, unsociable shifts, training costs and a high demand for online goods - all factors which are leading to a growing shortage of lorry drivers both nationally and locally.
In Cumbria and the north east an extra 1,700 hundred drivers are needed. The Road Haulage Association says the situation is deteriorating fast with more and more companies struggling to recruit. Kate Walby reports.
Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has called for targeted action to help young drivers in the countryside, after new research shows rural drivers are more likely to be killed or injured than urban drivers.
The research was conducted by Road Safety Analysis, it shows that young drivers in the countryside are more than a third more likely to be killed or injured than those in urban areas, with young car drivers facing the highest risks.
The research has been welcomed by South Lakes MP Tim Farron, who says this has been suspected for years. He says the combination of more dangerous roads and more time spent driving seems to lead to higher risks of collision, especially for newly qualified young people.
David Bogie has won the 2nd part of the Scottish Rally Championships, the Border Counties Rally. It's the second year running that the Dumfries driver has scooped the title.
British rally champion and Dumfries man David Bogie said: "The spectator interest is very good, it is a very well organised rally and the stages are absolutely first class. I think the stages are so fast, you have got to be very committed and they are just very enjoyable stages to drive."
Drivers from far and near, including rally champion David Bogie, aretaking place in this year's event, which begins in Jedburgh this morning.There are over 140 entrees in the 40th annual Border Counties rally, whichtakes drivers round the Kielder and Redesdale Forests.