The FTA and RHA are set to meet with the Treasury today to make the case for government funding for the training of HGV drivers. Both trade associations have been pressing for a meeting with the Treasury to explore new ways to encourage people to enter the driver labour force. They want what they describe as a “simple, nationally available, readily accessible funding stream” to bridge the gap until Trailblazer apprenticeship funding for new drivers goes live in September 2017. […]
Association warns MPs of crisis during National Lorry Week RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has described the sector’s skills crisis as “unprecedented” and called on the government to reverse its controversial decision not to back an HGV Trailblazer apprenticeship.
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 […]
The FTA has refuted the European Commission’s claim that logistics firms will save a total of €500m (£447m) through increased efficiencies due to the introduction of a new generation of smart tachographs.