The House of Commons Transport Committee has renewed its call for longer and more frequent emergency refuge areas on all-lane running (ALR) schemes, after an AA survey revealed more than a fifth of drivers rate ALR motorways as dangerous. The survey of 20,000 drivers, published this week, saw 22% of respondents identify ALR schemes as more dangerous than rural B roads (19%), which was second only in danger to unclassified narrow lanes (36%). Only 4% of respondents rated traditional motorways […]
DfT officials have been accused of ignoring ministers’ wishes in a move likened to a scene from TV series ‘Yes Minister’ after the department shelved plans this week for a trial of 25-metre articulated trucks whilst it carries out a safety review of the vehicle. The decision brings to an abrupt halt plans mapped out by transport minister Baroness Vere and Denby Transport chairman Dick Denby, pictured, for a Section 44 permit to be issued to enable Denby Transport’s 25.25m […]
“Half-baked” plan to bring in 4,700 HGV drivers from Europe sees take-up stall at around 200, minister reveals
The government scheme to bring 4,700 HGV drivers over on a temporary three month visa has attracted approximately 200 drivers in total and is now closed to new applicants, according to Home Office migration minister Kevin Foster.
The road transport industry will have to help itself, after its call to ‘help us, help you’ via a £150m HGV driver training fund was ignored in yesterday’s Emergency Budget.