Government Unlikely To Act On RHA Request
According to recent reports, the government are not expected to approve the RHA’s request for the introduction of a temporary worker visa for HGV drivers. They are believed to want the industry to employ British drivers, which is easier said than done with the current shortage.
The RHA letter, dated on June 23, to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the government to take action on the driver shortage. It was signed by 22 business leaders and as well as the temporary via request, asked for the HGV driver occupation to be added to the Home Office Shortage Occupation List.
The requests come as Brexit immigration rules and the pandemic have slowed the industry’s ability to recruit drivers.