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Logistics UK receives a huge response to HGV driver shortage letter


The government contacted around a million former HGV drivers earlier this week, as part of a package of measures which Logistics UK has campaigned for to address the current HGV driver shortage.

The letter, which was signed by Roads Minister Baroness Vere (pictured) and co-signed by Logistics UK chief David Wells, urged all HGV driving licence holders to consider the many attractive HGV driving opportunities currently available in the sector.

Kevin Green, Director of Marketing and Communications, Logistics UK, said: “Thanks in large part to Logistics UK’s campaigning, the government has introduced a range of measures, including temporary visas, to address the current driver shortage. The government letter is urging HGV licence holders who have perhaps recently retired or switched sectors to give a driving career a second look. And as conditions of employment and pay have been improving across the sector, there has never been a better time to return to HGV driving.”

Although the letter was sent to holders of HGV licences, many former drivers have questions about Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) and refresher training where Logistics UK is urgently seeking clarification from government. Logistics UK offers a full range of Driver CPC courses – including online versions – to help former drivers get up to speed with current transport legislation as quickly as possible.

Logistics UK’s website has been inundated with potential drivers responding to this letter. HGV licence holders currently looking for HGV driving vacancies are advised to visit the following job boards: Indeed, Total Jobs, Reed, HGV Recruitment and Avail.

“We are urging our members to list any HGV driver vacancies they have on these job boards as soon as possible,” Green said.

*www.logistics.org.uk/skills

Published On: 30/09/2021 16:00:47

 

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