The announcement that the Transport Committee has launched a skills and workforce planning inquiry into the lack of professional drivers in the haulage industry, has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association.
FTA has been warning that the freight industry is facing a long-term challenge to attract and recruit sufficient people to professional driving, and that the skills shortage in the logistics sector has reached crisis point.
According to the Committee the objective of the inquiry will be to investigate what action Government has taken to address industry concerns about a lack of skilled drivers in the road haulage sector, and assess how effective the Government's response has been.
David Wells, FTA Chief Executive, said: “FTA is delighted that the Transport Committee is going to investigate the lack of skilled drivers as this has been an important issue for our members who have been concerned about this for some time.
“In our recent conversations with MPs we have emphasised the real problems the logistics sector is having in attracting new recruits and suggested that Government and the industry need to work together to find solutions which enable us to keep delivering the goods for the UK economy.”
How to fill the skills gap and to engage, develop and retain staff is currently being featured within the current FTA Transport Manager Conference 2015 series, which includes a presentation focusing on plans for solving the industry wide problem with the driver crisis.