LGV Driver Shortage Crisis Continues

The FTA is angry at rejection of LGV driver training

The FTA has been disappointed that the BIS (Business, Innovation & Skills) has rejected the training standard for LGV drivers. Despite the government making a pledge at the spring Budget that it would work with road haulage industry firms on an industry-led solution to the driver shortage (including looking at the right level of access to, and funding for training.

The FTA has reported that the average age of a professional driver is 52 and that the freight and logistics industry is desperate to engage with young people. Without access to apprenticeships this issue will be exacerbated. The government focus for vocational funding is firmly on apprenticeships. Without this option the industry will be left with no funding for drivers training.

The FTA urges BIS to rethink its decision and work with the road haulage industry to find a solution as a matter of urgency.

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