RHA urges members to contact local MPs over driver shortage

London, UK: The Road Haulage Association has stepped up its campaign on driver shortages by asking members to write to their local MP. Liberty Hibberd, public affairs executive at the RHA, Tweeted: “The shortage of HGV drivers in the UK is at crisis point, and we’re urging everyone to use this quick tool to write directly to your MP to raise the issue. Don’t worry about what to say – it’s a prewritten letter, just put in your name and send!”

The RHA has been calling on the government to take urgent action to address the crisis for many months. Some of its suggestions include:

  • Driving tests – we are arguing for greater maximum priority for vocational drivers to clear the backlog
  • RHA’s Road to Logistics recruitment and training programme and programmes like KickStart are vital to get new blood into the industry. Hundreds of would-be lorry drivers are desperate to work but the test delays means they can’t get their all-important HGV licenses
  • Occupation Shortage List.

    We are insisting that Government puts lorry drivers on the list, thereby allowing EU and other foreign drivers to fill some rota gaps – there is also a massive driver shortage in the EU

  • Apprenticeships – we have paid GBP500m into the Levy and have got back just GBP50m – a very unfair payout for an industry with a critical staff and youth shortage
  • We need more funding to pay for the expensive lorry training
  • Driver facilities – we can’t expect people to want to join our industry if no toilets, wash facilities or safe and secure parking exists
  • Drivers’ hours relaxations won’t help because they don’t deal with the fundamental underlying problems.

    Making people work longer hours isn’t the solution.