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 […]
Boughey Distribution bounced back into the black last year, converting a £754,000 pre-tax loss into a profit of £310,000.
The government has rejected Greater Manchester’s request for a £116m support fund to help local businesses upgrade to compliant fleet vehicles.
Last year industry players won their long-waged battle for a government-funded driver training apprenticeship. The Trailblazer pitch had been denied twice previously when the government said it didn’t think training a driver would stretch over the 12-month period needed to meet funding requirements. While the Trailblazer scheme was eventually approved, CM Downton was well ahead of the game with its own 12-month driving apprenticeship.