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The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is following in the footsteps of the Freight Transport Association in dealing directly with the Government to try to solve the driver shortage issue in the UK. The FTA met with MP Danny Alexander last month to address the shortage, among other things, and now officials from the Treasury have issued an invitation to the RHA for a February 20 summit that will likely include discussions on everything from LGV driver training to promoting HGV driving careers.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett has said that the haulage industry is currently short by about 40,000 drivers. With another 45,000 set to retire over the next couple of years, swift and decisive action needs to be taken in order to increase the number of new drivers entering the field. Burnett says that only about 17,000 earn new licences every year.

For their part, the FTA has said that discussions with Alexander proved fruitful. Since their meeting last month, they have been planning a ‘Solving the Driver Crisis’ summit, which is scheduled to take place on March 12. The event is already booked out. If nothing else, it demonstrates how seriously companies within the haulage industry are taking the driver shortage issue. They need solutions rather than just statements of fact.

Incorrect Perceptions

Others have said, and we agree, that one of the biggest hindrances the haulage industry now faces is the perceptions among young people about driving careers. We believe there are three important factors that need to be addressed if the driver shortage is to be fixed:

The HGV Training Centre is a leading provider of HGV and LGV driver training in the UK. We offer classes at dozens of facilities, making it as convenient and easy as possible to earn your licence regardless of where you live. We invite you to contact us if you are considering a career as a professional driver. We would be happy to answer your questions with respect to our training programmes. New classes are forming regularly, so do not delay.

Sources:

  1. Handy Shipping Guide – http://www.handyshippingguide.com/shipping-news/road-haulage-group-to-meet-treasury-officials-over-hgv-freight-driver-shortage_6174

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