Ministers Due To Address Driver Crisis?
According to many reports, the government is preparing to announce a number of measures to assist in the driver crisis in the next few days.
This is believed to included a streamlined HGV/LGV testing process, in a bid to avoid supply chain issues at Christmas.
While no official details have been released, it is believed the announcement could come as quickly as today or tomorrow.
The streamlining could see a change in the required qualifications to drive class C large rigid lorries and class E articulated heavy goods vehicles. Drivers have to wait several weeks between the two tests, which may be ditched.
It is currently understood that the announcements will not include changes to temporary visas for foreign nationals, which industry has been campaigning for.
According to the Financial Times, industry bodies have already been suggesting that it will take up to two years to train and test enough drivers to fulfil the current shortage of up to 100,000 drivers.
As ever, Atlantic Pacific continue to work diligently to mitigate supply chain disruption during these extremely difficult times. Should you require further information on the above, then please do not hesitate to contact us.