Classifying HGV drivers as ‘low skilled’ and refusing potential applicants from getting visas could cause the industry to grind to a halt, business groups have warned. The government this week unveiled its plan to move away from the UK’s reliance on “cheap labour” from Europe and instead “encourage people with the right talent.” The proposals include expanding the definition of skilled workers to those educated to A-level/Scottish Highers equivalent standard. A points-based system would also be introduced, with overseas citizens […]
The industry has been given a chance to say whether the role and functions of the traffic commissioners are required, after the government launched a consultation into their work.
Transport Minister Baroness Vere (pictured) will discuss the importance of the road freight industry for driving economic growth at a transport conference in May.
The stay at home drivers’ strike, organised by the founders of the Professional Drivers Protest Facebook Group, took place on 23 August with no discernable impact on the already patchy supply of goods across the country, as supply chains continue to struggle with the UK driver shortage crisis.