Government Set To Update HGV Tests
Reports in the national press are suggesting that the government is preparing to announce a streamlined HGV/LGV testing process, anytime in the next few days, in a bid to avoid supply chain issues at Christmas.
While no official details have been released, it is believed the announcement could come as quickly as today or tomorrow. Reports suggest there could be a number of measures introduced to combat the current driver crisis.
This is believed to include streamlining the qualifications required to drive class C large rigid lorries and class E articulated heavy goods vehicles. Drivers have to wait several weeks between the two tests, which may be ditched.
It is currently understood that the announcements will not include changes to temporary visas for foreign nationals, which industry has been campaigning for.
According to the Financial Times, industry bodies have already been suggesting that it will take up to two years to train and test enough drivers to fulfil the current shortage of up to 100,000 drivers.