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Policy wins – October 2021
Read about recent wins achieved by Logistics UK's policy team.
HGV driver shortage
Following months of engagement, Logistics UK welcomes the package of measures announced by government, aimed at easing the HGV driver shortage. On 25 September, government confirmed 5,000 temporary HGV driver visas will be granted to help overcome the driver shortage crisis in the short term, which is a huge step forward in solving the disruption to supply chains we are seeing today.
In addition, DVSA’s HGV testing capacity is being increased and government has also listened to Logistics UK’s request for additional training support by providing funded courses to enable more people to qualify as HGV drivers. This, alongside the current apprenticeship standard, will support recruiting more talent into industry.
Department for Transport (DfT) has also agreed to jointly send nearly one million letters to all drivers who currently hold an HGV driving licence, urging them to come back to the occupation.
We now look forward to working with government to address the longer-term causes of the HGV driver shortage, by helping industry to attract new British workers through measures such as the improvement of driver facilities.
Published On: 07/10/2021 16:00:02