Driver skills inquiry ‘good news for hauliers’

Written by Ellie

The announcement that the government's Transport Committee will examine the reasons behind and solutions to the present issue of a lack of qualified drivers in the UK haulage industry has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Now underway, the inquiry will look into the long-term challenges surrounding attracting more people into the haulage profession in the years ahead, as well as identifying whether or not the government's own response to this crisis to date has been sufficient.

FTA chief executive David Wells stated: "FTA is delighted that the Transport Committee is going to investigate the lack of skilled drivers, as this has been an important issue for our members who have been concerned about this for a very long time.

"In my recent conversations with MPs I have emphasised the real problems the logistics sector is having in finding skilled staff and the government needs to play its role in helping deliver the goods for the UK economy."

He added that, whatever the outcome of this latest inquiry, many of the measures being examined by the Transport Committee will be open to debate at the FTA's upcoming Transport Manager Conference 2015.

The roving event will be taking in venues across the length and breadth of the UK in the coming months and tackling the nationwide driver crisis will be one of the hot topics up for discussion by attendees.


Posted on 15th September 2015

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