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 […]
Government plans to centralise DVLA operations could lead to delays in taxing vehicles and the issuing of drivers’ cards, as well as creating additional administrative costs for operators, warns the FTA. Transport minister Mike Penning announced last week that 39 regional DVLA offices would close by the end of 2013, with all services shifted online, handled by intermediaries (such as local Post Offices) or via a centralised operation at Swansea. However, the FTA says local DVLA offices play a vital […]
The FTA and RHA have welcomed the HGV Road User Levy Act, which became law yesterday (28 February).