HGV driving assessments will probably be relaxed to permit 50,000 extra to be taken in an try and sort out the scarcity of lorry drivers forward of Christmas, the transport secretary has introduced.
Grant Shapps stated that following a session, three modifications will occur to hurry up the method after the suspension of assessments throughout the pandemic plus Brexit resulted in an absence of drivers to ship important items.
The modifications are:
• Automobile drivers will now not must take one other check to tow a trailer or caravan. The federal government says this can permit about 30,000 extra HGV driving assessments to be taken every year.
• Checks will probably be made shorter, with the reversing train ingredient eliminated and the uncoupling and recoupling train for trailer assessments eliminated.
• Articulated car drivers will now not must get a licence for a smaller car first. The federal government says this can permit about 20,000 extra HGV assessments every year and means drivers can acquire licences extra rapidly.
Mr Shapps stated the modifications will “streamline” the assessments however is not going to “cut back the rigour of the check”.
Earlier this yr, the federal government elevated HGV testing by 50% in contrast with earlier than the pandemic however shortages have continued and ministers had been stated to be “deeply anxious about Christmas”.
In complete nearly 50,000 drivers have left the street within the final two years due to a mix of the pandemic and Brexit, leaving hauliers struggling to maintain vans on the street and companies in a number of sectors struggling to maintain up with demand.
The UK economic system’s reliance on street haulage means sectors throughout the economic system have been affected, from supermarkets and eating places which have reported meals shortages, to public well being, with delays to deliveries of flu vaccinations and the water purification chemical compounds required to course of sewage.