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. The association said pallet firms, in particular, are having to extend-next day deliveries by up to five days. The situation was critical even before the pandemic, it said, with many EU truckers heading home for Brexit-related reasons. But the ‘complete failure to test new drivers during lockdown’ […]
The Forth Road Bridge will not fully reopen to HGV traffic until mid-March, according to Scottish transport minister Derek Mackay.
It has been 10 months since the government started taxing businesses with the apprenticeship levy. At the moment, only businesses with payrolls of more than £3m have access to the funding pot they are contributing to, but as the levy hits its one-year anniversary the gates should open to smaller hauliers who want funding for training new or existing staff.
Walkers Transport will welcome two new staff members to its Manchester depot next month after putting them through their apprenticeship qualifications.