The chancellor has ignored calls to introduce a training fund to tackle the chronic shortage of HGV drivers in today’s Autumn Statement. Despite campaigning by the RHA with support from the CILT and Motor Transport, which saw the trade association discuss the issue with transport minister Claire Perry most recently, the call ultimately fell on deaf ears with no backing forthcoming today. In a statement that saw the fuel duty freeze maintained and an expansion of apprenticeships – with the […]
Major operators are throwing their weight behind a campaign to save TruckPol, led by MT’s sister magazine Commercial Motor, the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association. Since the withdrawal of its government grant last April, the freight crime intelligence unit has managed to survive on funding from the private sector, including haulage firms and insurance companies. However, without any government money available for the next financial year, the unit is unable to keep operating purely on industry support […]
“Help us to help you” was the message when the RHA delivered a petition to Downing Street last week (18 June) calling on the prime minister and chancellor to sign off on a £150m HGV driver training fund in next month’s emergency budget.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been branded ‘complacent’ and accused of carrying out a ‘continued whitewash’ after insisting that its study last year of the UK fuel market yielded no credible evidence of any market manipulation.