Stellantis and Renault are turning to their own ranks to tackle a shortage of truck drivers that is leaving thousands of vehicles stranded away from dealerships and customers.
Stellantis, the maker of Fiat and Peugeot cars, sent off emails and placed posters in some of its factories in a drive to convince workers to fill in behind the wheel. About 140 staff, mainly from France, Spain and Italy, have already signed up, the company said Thursday.
Meanwhile, rival Renault is starting on a process to get some employees trained by staffing company Adecco Group so that they can obtain truck-driver licenses, according to a spokeswoman.
Stellantis is paying for training and the fees need to obtain truck-driver licenses and facilitate the voluntary job switch. The automaker also is considering buying its own trucks to deal with the logistics snags, though no final decision has been made, another spokesman said.
Truck driver shortages left thousands of cars stuck at Stellantis’s Sochaux plant in eastern France late last year, forcing the company to park many of them on an abandoned airfield several kilometers away from the factory.
Volkswagen has been hit by similar problems, leaving Europe's biggest carmaker unable to ship finished vehicles to buyers.
Renault also flagged outbound logistics problems when it reported full-year results last month.