Grant Shapps unveils a massive recruitment package to aid the HGV industry’s post-Brexit recovery.
GRANT SHAPPS has written to the UK transport sector, detailing a set of steps to address the shortage of HGV drivers.
The Transport Secretary announced on Twitter that the government is taking action to address the present shortage of HGV drivers. Ministers have promised to collaborate with industry leaders to recruit new drivers, streamline training, and encourage workers to stay in the business. The government also announced a slew of initiatives to address the present labor shortage, including simplified examinations and better working conditions.
“Today, @theresecoffey @DWP, George Eustice @DefraGovUK and I have issued an open letter to the road haulage industry setting out a package of steps to help it manage the HGV driver shortage,” Mr Shapps wrote on Twitter.
“This administration is paying attention and doing everything we can to help during this difficult time.”
The letter expresses gratitude to haulage workers for performing a “critical service” during the pandemic, and states that the government is focusing on industry recruitment and retention.
“The driver shortage is widely established, and its effects on the wider economy are becoming increasingly apparent,” the joint letter stated.
Today, @theresecoffey @DWP, George Eustice @DefraGovUK, and I wrote an open letter to the road haulage industry, outlining a package of steps to help the business deal with the HGV driver shortage.
This administration is paying attention and doing everything we can to help during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/fiJ8xzy5cM
“We recognize the magnitude of the difficulties, and while industry must take the lead, we are here to assist.
“We have been working intensively across the government and with you on a package of measures to boost industry recruitment and retention.”
The remainder of the letter discusses a variety of government initiatives to address the issue.
Ministers announced that a new consultation on allowing drivers to take a single test to drive both articulated and rigid lorries would be launched.
This would simplify the process for new drivers to obtain their HGV license and increase the number of lorry test appointments available.
According to the government, the consultation would ensure that road safety is prioritized and that all drivers are supervised until they are fully trained.
Ministers will also look into improving driver working conditions, which will be critical in ensuring that British workers have a long career in the industry.
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