The government has ruled out funding HGV licence acquisitions to ease the current driver shortage in the UK, according to DfT minister Lord Ahmed. Speaking at the third and final evidence session for the Transport Committee’s Road haulage sector: Skills and workforce planning inquiry, Lord Ahmed told the committee: “The principle remains that we won’t look at funding HGV licences. That has been a principle established since 2005 and that is a position we will not be changing.” The news […]
The chancellor has frozen fuel duty in his Autumn Statement today, meaning the scheduled rises scheduled for January and April next year will no longer take place. George Osborne gave no hint of a cut but said fuel would only see “inflation only rises” until September – effectively meaning the April 2013 increase has been deferred to 1 September 2013. PriceWaterhouseCoopers forecast the move would cost the public coffers £6bn, although research commissioned by campaign group FairFuelUK argued the planned […]
The FTA has welcomed the government’s decision to slash the cost of using the Severn Bridges but said it should have gone further.
Pallet distribution hauliers have banded together under a new RHA forum that aims to tackle major issues facing the sector and share best practice.