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. […]
Platoons of autonomous HGVs may never feature in the UK because the road network is not up to the job, according to the RHA.
Drivers benefitted from above-average, above-inflation wage increases this year as operators looked to secure a labour force against the background of the driver shortage.
Trade associations welcomed the new London Freight Enforcement Partnership launched by TfL and partner agencies earlier this week, although the RHA called on the transport body to make the results of the enforcement project more visible to the industry.