The Road Haulage Association (RHA) will be exhibiting at next week's Conservative Party conference in Manchester, where the body will be encouraging party members to find out more about the essential skills needed to operate heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).
Designed to highlight the significant level of expertise to drive the latest HGV models, a simulator will be set up that will allow all those in attendance to experience for themselves the difficulties involved in driving these large vehicles on the nation's roads.
The event will see participants attempting to beat a score set by Microlise Driver of the Year Allan Marsh and will draw on telematics software to determine an individual's performance behind the wheel.
It is a move that hopes to drive home the need for additional support in the delivery of programmes to attract more qualified drivers to the UK haulage profession, coming at a time when the ongoing driver shortage threatens many businesses.
RHA chief executive Richard Burnett stated the body's attendance at the Conservative Party conference will form part of the organisation's ongoing campaign to raise awareness ahead of RHA National Lorry Week (October 26th to 31st).
He commented: "At a time when we are facing such a massive driver shortage, we need to do all we can to encourage new entrants in to the industry. Drivers, technicians, warehouse operatives: the jobs are there just waiting for the right people."
Posted on 2nd October 2015
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