Logistics bodies unite to tackle HGV driver shortage

By John Wood

- Last updated on GMT

'Stronger voice by working together,' say haulage associations
'Stronger voice by working together,' say haulage associations

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Four trade bodies that represent the UK logistics industry have pledged to work together to tackle the shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA), the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) held a round table discussion to establish a collaboration to improve the industry’s public image and attract more drivers and technicians.

FTA chief executive David Wells said: “We are delighted to announce we have agreed to form a joint organisation to promote our industry. We are in a battle for talent and facing a skills shortage so we need to up our game to attract young people, ethnic minorities and women to our industry – areas where we are seriously under-represented.

Battle for talent

“Working together in this way will create a powerful voice that will shout about the benefits of working in an industry that is vital to the UK economy.”

The new joint organisation will be formalised by the end of September and will build on lessons learned from the successful FairFuelUK campaign, a collaborative body that lobbies against rises in fuel duty. The FTA and RHA are both founder members.

Commenting, RHA ceo Richard Burnett said: “UK hauliers play a crucial role in moving the UK’s economy and delivering daily life. The RHA already works hard to give road transport operators a voice. By collaborating with the FTA, CILT and IRTE to raise the profile of the industry, we can make that voice even stronger.”

CILT ceo Steve Agg said: “We want to promote the public’s appreciation of our industry, in all its forms, as well as attract more people to join our profession and therefore feel that it is vital we work with other leading industry partners to raise our industry’s profile.”

Working together

IRTE acting ceo Ian Chisholm added: “By working together we will have a stronger voice and be better able to support road transport professionals, ensuring the long-term viability of the UK’s road transport network.”

At the end of 2014 the RHA warned​ that 45,000 HGV drivers were due to retire within the next two years, and there were not enough new entrants to the industry to replace them.

Supermarkets are also understood​ to be taking action to address the shortage, although publicly they have denied that the issue could potentially paralyse the perishable food sector.

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Driver shortage

Posted by Julian Shaw,

It's not the cost of becoming a hgv driver that's the problem, the problem is low wages , long hours, stupid start times and now inward facing cameras.
But companies know this but refuse to improve working conditions for drivers and then complain about shortages.
Improve T&C will not only help retain drivers but improve your reputation and improve recruitment, it not rocket science.

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joke

Posted by sam ledger,

Cpc isn't the only problem it's one of them but why can't they see its pay that the main reason is and thats what it boils down to £8.50 a hour u can get that stacking shelves so why would some one drive a hgv for penuts specially when it cost £3000 to get your licence when can go to supermarket and get that for stacking shelves lol

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Driver shortage

Posted by Craig,

Industry over regulated to the point of almost extinction.
EU regulations including the CPC need to be axed. A CPC doesn't make the driver any better or worse.
Wages need to match cost of living. Hourly rate in 2016 should be at least £15-£20 per hour.
There is absolutely no incentive to get involved in this industry.

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