The UK is set to face a shortfall of over 22,000 van drivers next year, according to research by comparison website Go Compare.

A survey found that more than 15% of van drivers are planning to quit their job during the next 12 months.

Factors said to be affecting the health and wellbeing of drivers at work include work-related stress, negative behaviour from other drives, loneliness, and poor working conditions.

Half of van drivers suffering from stress are said to have attributed it to unrealistic expectations around deadlines and workload.

Go Compare’s Ryan Fulthorpe said: “Our research has revealed the shocking news that the UK may lose a significant number of van drivers over the next 12 months. 

“In the wake of the HGV driver shortage, we must improve working conditions for drivers to avoid any further crises.

“Van driving can be a lonely job in nature, but we need to find new solutions to improve these kinds of issues. That way, we can protect the mental health of key workers in this industry, and ensure Britain’s economy remains strong.”