The RHA is calling on the government to give emergency £2,500 training grants to hauliers to fund the training of new HGV drivers in a bid to head-off a critical shortage of drivers. RHA director of policy Jack Semple estimated that the industry was facing a shortfall of 40,000 drivers in the run up to the Christmas peak, and called for urgent action to fill the gap by training unemployed UK residents rather than operators recruiting qualified drivers from abroad. […]
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The FTA and RHA are set to meet with the Treasury today to make the case for government funding for the training of HGV drivers.