The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has been granted a meeting with officials from HM Treasury in a bid to address the ongoing issue of serious driver shortages for the UK logistics sector.
RHA chief executive Richard Burnett stated: "This is a major milestone for the Association and for the industry as a whole.
"UK haulage operators are responsible for the efficient and cost effective movement of 85 per cent of all goods transported. Their job is, quite literally, to move the economy. However, that can only be achieved with a strong and thriving driver workforce."
He added that the industry is currently around 40,000 drivers short of where it needs to be to ensure the efficient transport of goods around the country.
Furthermore, with up to 45,000 UK professional drivers expected to retire within just the next two years, it is now imperative that forthright action is taken to bring flesh blood into the sector.
With only around 17,000 new recruits expected per year for the coming years, it is easy to see how an unsustainable position has been created, whereby more people are leaving the profession than are being brought in.
Representatives for the RHA will now meet with Treasury officials in London on February 20th, as the two parties examine new means to incentivise more new entrants into the professional driving sector, as well as removing the many stumbling blocks to recruitment and training that currently exist.
Posted on 7th February 2015
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