On Tuesday 23 January RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett met with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Transport Minister Jesse Norman to discuss the haulage sector’s skills shortage, a post-Brexit Land Transport Agreement and the lack of lorry parking.
Richard Burnett highlighted the need for urgent action to tackle the shortage of HGV drivers, estimated at 45,000 and detailed how government support for the Road to Logistics initiative would benefit both the industry and the economy.
“If we are going to help you, you need to help us,” said Richard Burnett. “Give us the seed funding and we’ll do the rest. This isn’t about people lining their pockets, it’s about being faced with a problem, tackling it head on and coming up with a solution.”
The Association also called for a Land Transport Agreement that would allow UK hauliers to continue to benefit from unlimited access through EU member states and for EU safety rules such as drivers’ hours and vehicle standards to remain.
A lack of lorry parks continues to impact on driver welfare and communities, and creates criminal and security issues. The RHA urged the Transport Secretary to not allow local authorities to increase unclamping fees in areas where there’s a lack of parking.
“Yesterday’s meeting clearly demonstrates the excellent relationship that we have with the Department for Transport and bearing in mind the range of issues that we cover on a day to day basis this benefits the industry and our members” he concluded.