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Logistics UK and DVSA chiefs meet

Logistics UK’s CEO, David Wells, held a highly constructive first meeting with Loveday Ryder, the new Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on Friday 29 January.

In a wide-ranging discussion, which took in everything from the ongoing driver shortage to the problems encountered by operators needing to submit their HGVs for testing, the two chief executives agreed the importance of a cooperative approach between DVSA, the Traffic Commissioners and the industry.

The topic of vocational testing was broached, including DVSA’s role in ensuring vocational testing reopens as quickly as possible. So too was the need for operators that achieve Earned Recognition status to receive more tangible benefits.

At the end of his tenure, Gareth Llewellyn, Ryder’s predecessor, had made some dismissive comments about the Traffic Commissioners and the industry’s approach to road safety compliance during the pandemic. In the discussion with Logistics UK, however, Wells was reassured that Ryder sought to disassociate herself and DVSA from those comments.

David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, said: “I was delighted to meet Loveday Ryder and impress on her the priorities for our industry during this challenging period. I was reassured and encouraged by her clear commitment to forge a cooperative relationship with both the Traffic Commissioners and the logistics sector.”


Published On: 11/02/2021 17:00:01


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