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The HGV driver shortage in the UK has now hit catastrophic proportions and the RHA has now published it’s 12-point plan to tackle the situation
RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “The upturn in the economy since Covid19 is increasing demand across supply chains and the reopening of non-essential retail outlets and parts of the hospitality sector is, making the situation even worse.
“The pandemic also resulted in the loss of about 12 months of driver training and testing. The long-term ineffectiveness of apprenticeships for lorry drivers and the general hostility from authorities and Government is also unhelpful as regards recruiting and retaining drivers. And while we welcome the increase in HGV apprenticeship funding to £7000, this barely scratches the surface of the problem.”
All of the above means that freight rates are rising to a level that operators are finding unsustainable and costs will have to be passed on to consumers. With no incoming talent into the sector means increased prices due to highest demand on the drivers.
“We need Government to act and address the driver shortage for the industry and the drivers. While we welcome the increase in HGV apprenticeship funding to £7000, this barely scratches the surface of the problem.”
The RHA’s 12-point plan to combat the UK’s driver shortage includes:
With up to 5,000 new loads per day, saving over 250 million miles per year, the impact for the UK's Carbon footprint alone is huge.