Hermes UK has launched an apprenticeship scheme to tackle the driver shortage and ensure a pipeline of talent for the company. Dubbed the Road to Logistics, the programme, which is funded through the company’s Apprenticeship Levy, will see Hermes recruit a number of apprentices with no driving experience and train them to achieve their C and C&E licences. As the latter does not currently attract funding under levy rules, Hermes will be paying for the C&E part of the apprenticeship. […]
The UK government has published its “revolutionary” ‘Transport decarbonisation plan’ that includes a consultation on banning the sale of “non-zero emissions HGVs” under 26 tonnes by 2035 and the sale of all fossil-fuelled HGVs by 2040.
Platoons of autonomous HGVs may never feature in the UK because the road network is not up to the job, according to the RHA.
The RHA has renewed its plea to the government for urgent action to ease what it calls a growing crisis in driver shortages – made worse by the introduction of IR35 tax changes.