Eighteenth Report Contents

Appendix 1: Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Temporary Use in Great Britain) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 and Drivers’ Hours and Tachographs (Temporary Exceptions) (No. 4) Regulations 2021

Additional information from the Department for Transport

Lorry Driver Shortage: Government Interventions (at 29.10.2021)

There have been 28 short, medium and long-term interventions put in place to date to alleviate the existing HGV driver shortages.

These interventions are focussed on: increasing efficiency in existing supply chains; support and training for new HGV drivers; expanding HGV driver testing capacity and improving licencing processes; attracting drivers back to the sector and improving conditions; and fuel supply

Increasing efficiency in existing supply chains:

1.Temporary extension of drivers’ hours to allow short-term extra flexibility to the industry.

Support and training for new HGV drivers

5.Department for Education investing up to £17 million to create new skills bootcamps to train up to 5,000 more people to become HGV drivers.

Expanding HGV driver testing capacity and improving licencing processes

13.DVSA has increased the number of HGV vocational driving tests by 90% compared to pre-pandemic levels through measures including overtime and allocating additional employees into testing, re-directing capacity from car & trailer tests to HGV tests and the recently introduced capacity from Defence Driving Examiners.

Attracting drivers back to the sector and improving conditions

19.Public messaging and direct letters to existing HGV licence holders not driving professionally (including those who do not hold a Driver CPC card) to encourage them to consider returning to HGV driving.

Fuel supply

24.Extension of ADR (Accord relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route) (Dangerous Goods) licence validity for those expiring between 27 September 2021 and 31 December 2021 until 31 January 2022.

Economic measures to support the haulage industry

27.Freezing Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) for HGVs.

3 November 2021

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