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. […]
The RHA and FTA have attacked the Migration Advisory Committee’s call to favour high-skilled migrants after Brexit, warning it would amplify the skills shortage the logistics sector already faces.
Driver Hire is enabling existing HGV drivers to advance their career by helping them requalify up to a C+E licence.
The RHA has warned that leaving the European single market and the European Union Customs Union “will inevitably add a degree of administrative cost” to UK operators and could slow down the supply chain.