The RHA and FTA have expressed their frustration at the government’s failure to back calls for an HGV driver training fund in the Autumn Statement, and criticised the absence of a dedicated driving apprenticeship. RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said that ignoring the trade association’s call for a £150m driver training fund was “jeopardising supply chains” and could well “put the brakes on the economic recovery”. He said that drivers trained through the fund would more than reimburse the UK […]
Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid the blame for the UK HGV driver shortage and the petrol pump crisis squarely at the feet of the road haulage industry this week.
The government has confirmed that the temporary visa scheme for HGV drivers will not be extended beyond the end of February.
The FTA has criticised the speed of the roll-out of fully segregated cycle superhighways in London, suggesting the scheme is being rushed through to coincide with the mayoral elections in May 2016.