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Nearly 8,000 drivers are missing to drive school buses at the start of the school year. Hundreds of thousands of children could be penalized.

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Nearly 8,000 drivers are missing to drive school buses at the start of the school year. Hundreds of thousands of children could be penalized.

The warnings on the subject have been multiplied in recent times . They are more pressing than ever , less than a month from the start of the school year. Thousands of drivers are lacking in call , throughout the territory. This could penalize hundreds of thousands of children using buses to go and return to lessons.

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The National Federation of Travelers Transport (FNTV) representing companies in the sector, estimates

that there is no less than 8,000 drivers to ensure maximum service. This could penalize 400,000 children and adolescents . No less than 20% of the two million students transported every day of lessons!

An unprecedented situation. "We have never been confronted with such a situation

, tells Parisien Ingrid Mareschal, general delegate of the FNTV. We have, in the sector, a fairly high age pyramid, with each year retirements at Replace and just under 10,000 people to recruit. This time, we had 15,000 vacant positions ", she lets go ... no attractiveness, no bus drivers at the start of the school year

Little less than half of the positions has been provided, for the moment. The fault of a real

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lacks attractiveness of the profession

, with effects increased by the health crisis and the confinements. Because of these elements, many drivers were thus placed in partial unemployment. Some did not return . Faced with this, some companies are trying to attract

young people ... young retirees

! "In all our local subsidiaries, our agents call for drivers who are retired , to ask them if they want to resume an activity, keep social ties", launches Constance Bussereau, recruitment manager at Keolis (operator), Cited by Le Parisien. The objective is however only to "

manage to limit the impact of shortage

on the transport of students," she adds. We bet they will succeed.

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