Insurers cannot rule out a rise in premiums for hauliers as a result of the government’s plan to speed up HGV driving tests to help resolve the skills shortage. The combining of the category C and category C+E tests is seen as a way of pushing through an extra 20,000 tests a year, but insurance firms said more drivers with less experience on the roads was likely to lead to more accidents. Andy Keane, commercial motor product manager at Axa […]
Almost two-thirds of HGV test centres are battling with waiting lists of at least 11 weeks, with several booked up for six months, according to a freedom of information (FOI) request.
The government missed an opportunity to shake up HGV testing after a review into the service failed to acknowledge reform was needed, according to Logistics UK. The industry had welcomed the review when it was announced last year by Conservative peer Lord Attlee. At the time, Attlee pointed to the existence of accredited private sector testers for trains, planes and cranes, and questioned why the same testing regime should not apply to HGVs and trailers. In addition, the industry has […]
West Midlands-based warehousing and logistics firm Transcentral has bolstered its fleet with three Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545LS 6×2 tractor units, and six Montracon curtainsided Mega trailers.