Transport Minister Baroness Vere (pictured) will discuss the importance of the road freight industry for driving economic growth at a transport conference in May.

She is expected to talk about the need for a stronger and more diverse talent pipeline in the sector and will also refer to government funding and other support for companies that aim to address the current driver shortage when she makes her virtual presentation at the Microlise Transport Conference.

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Microlise chief executive Nadeem Raza said: “With industry debate across a myriad of issues including smart motorways, clean air zones, decarbonisation and road network management, Baroness Vere’s presentation will encourage important debate about how our sector is positioned for the future.”

The free to attend conference at the Coventry Building Arena takes place on 18 May.