Motor Transport has joined the RHA and the CILT in calling on chancellor George Osborne to set aside £100m to fund the urgent recruitment and training of up to 45,000 new HGV drivers in his Autumn Statement on 3 December. A survey of RHA members revealed 70% were suffering a shortage of drivers, with another 20% saying they expected to do so soon. Only 10% felt their business would not be affected. The survey drew a strong response from larger […]
The RHA has said the publication of a new framework document defining the skills, knowledge and understanding required by new truck drivers, by the DSA is a welcome step in formalising the profession and improving its image. Jack Semple, director of policy at the RHA, said: “As we have discussed with the DSA, we are keen to see a high standard of training for all new entrants to LGV driving, so that they start in the industry with a clear […]
Fagan & Whalley has blamed the UK driver shortage for a near two-thirds fall in pre-tax profit.
Lancashire’s Ainsworth & Martin has become North West Logistics, relocating from its Preston home to a new site in Accrington. Fortec-member Ainsworth & Martin acquired North West Logistics some two years ago. The complementary businesses had been run separately, but after a £100,000 investment in the Accrington facility, Ainsworth & Martin joined its stablemate at Altham Business Estate this summer. North West Logistics’ modern site contains a 25,000ft² warehouse with Comah-certified hazardous goods store. Having both businesses on one site […]