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Logistics UK continues to press for action on driver shortage


While the driver shortage is still an urgent issue for the logistics sector, the government has announced a raft of mitigation measures to help ease the problem following extensive campaigning from Logistics UK.

This does not mean the end of the campaign, however, as the business group continues to press for further action on many fronts.

“While the government’s recent statements on initiatives to address the driver shortage are extremely welcome, this is by no means the end of our skills campaign,” said Alex Veitch, Deputy Director – Public Policy, “We continue to call for further action on visa reform to allow additional capacity into the sector and training support, and we are maintaining a close eye on how the Department for Transport is delivering the measures to which it has already committed.”

As previously reported in Logistics Magazine, measures to combat the driver shortage include a major review of driver training (Driver CPC), a consultation on driver medical arrangements, additional funding for the Bootcamps training scheme, plus a significant uplift in capacity for vocational testing by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which has been processing around 10,000 tests on a weekly basis.

Members interested in these issues are encouraged to join Logistics UK’s Employment Group meetings. Please contact Alex Veitch for further details.

*www.logistics.org.uk/skills

Published On: 18/11/2021 16:00:41

 

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