Christmas bin collections and bus services could be impacted as workers quit to drive HGVs, according to reports.

Bumper pay is currently being offered by the HGV industry to try and solve a recruitment crisis.

And wages of more than £50k is enticing drivers into changing career paths, WalesOnline reports.

Industry insiders claim 4,000 new recruits are now needed to keep the country's bus fleets moving with several companies having already reduced ­the frequency of services to try to avoid cancelling buses on school runs or crucial commuting route.

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Bobby Morton, Unite's national officer for passenger transport, told Sky News: "It all goes back to the lorry drivers, the shortage of lorry drivers in the haulage industry.

"And a number of the things that lorry drivers share with bus drivers is very long hours, massive fatigue levels, lack of basic facilities such as toilet facilities and washing facilities.

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"And the mindset of the bus drivers at the moment is that, in the haulage industry, the employers threw money at the problem, at the shortage.

"So the mindset is now, if we've got to work in these Victorian conditions, then we might as well get £20 an hour driving the lorry, as opposed to £10 an hour driving a bus.

"So the bus drivers are leaving in droves to go to the other industry."

The Guardian reports that bin collections could also face a 'Christmas crisis' as drivers quit for better pay working for supermarkets and food hauliers.

Jacob Hayler, executive director of the Environmental Services Association, said there was a vacancy rate for driving jobs of about 15% among waste contractors.

He said. "The UK is short more than 100,000 HGV drivers, resulting in disrupted collections that will only come under greater pressure as we near Christmas – when waste volumes typically rise by 30%."

According to the latest figures from the Local Government Association workforce survey show bin services in more than half of councils that responded in England and Wales were being disrupted by staff shortages.

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