The government has rejected the idea of extending student loans for funding licence acquisition, saying it was “not appropriate”. The idea was first mooted by the FTA last year when its MD for policy, James Hookham, met with employment minister Esther McVey to discuss ways to boost recruitment. The idea was later adopted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on freight transport and was highlighted in its first skills report as a way to address the driver shortage. But in […]
The RHA held a National Training Conference at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum last month. Describing 2012 as the year Driver CPC ‘comes of age’ the day was dominated by discussion of this most emotive of subjects. Seen by some as the way forward to improve the sector’s image, others view it as a government cash-cow with too many “cowboys” delivering training. However, conference chairman Richard Fry started the day with the message that was consistently delivered throughout: Whatever you think […]
The FTA has accused the Local Government Association (LGA) of “a cheap attempt to make headlines” after it claimed HGVs are pushing the state of local roads “over the edge”.