Grant Shapps has written to the UK transport industry outlining some measures that can help solve the shortage of HGV drivers.
The Minister of Transportation announced on Twitter that the government is taking measures to address the current shortage of heavy vehicle drivers. Ministers are committed to working with industry leaders to attract new drivers, simplify training and encourage people to stay in the industry. The government also outlined some measures to help solve the current shortage, including simplifying testing and improving working conditions.
Announcing the news on Twitter, Mr Shapps wrote: "Today, @theresecoffey @DWP, George Eustice @DefraGovUK and I have written an open letter to the road haulage industry setting out a package of measures to help it tackle the HGV driver shortage. "This Gov is listening & doing what we can to support during this challenging time."
The note thanks haulage workers for offering a "vital service" during the pandemic and said the Government is prioritising employment and retention within the industry.
The joint letter read: "The driver shortage is well documented, and its impacts on the wider economy are becoming more evident. We know the challenges are serious, and whilst it is for the industry to lead, we are here to help.