The RHA has warned that heavy reliance on overseas HGV drivers poses a risk to the long-term resilience of the UK road transport sector, and takes money out of the UK economy. Speaking at a Transport Committee workforce skills inquiry, RHA director of policy Jack Semple (pictured) said there were approximately 60,000 foreign drivers working in the UK. He estimated the UK economy loses £180m a year when these drivers send money to their home countries, based on each driver […]
The RHA is calling on the government to give emergency £2,500 training grants to hauliers to fund the training of new HGV drivers in a bid to head-off a critical shortage of drivers.
Transport minister Claire Perry has met a delegation from the RHA to discuss the crippling driver shortage and the RHA’s proposal for a £100m package of grants to train new HGV drivers.