Transport Select Committee launches road haulage sector: skills and workforce planning inquiry

The Transport Committee is conducting an inquiry into skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector. The Committee’s objective is to investigate what action Government has taken to address industry concerns about a lack of skilled drivers in the road haulage sector, and assess how effective the Government’s response has been.

Policy relating to workforce planning and skills falls under the remit of several Government departments. The Transport Select Committee recognises the importance of other departments’ policies on this topic, but is particularly interested to receive evidence on the following points, which relate directly to Department of Transport policy:

  • The extent to which statistics reflect the experience of road haulage companies regarding the shortage of a skilled workforce in the road haulage sector.
  • The role of Government in supporting recruitment, and encouraging a diverse workforce, for the road haulage industry.
  • The role of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification in improving the professionalism and safety of drivers from the UK and abroad on UK roads.
  • Aspects of current Government policy which may deter new entrants to the workforce e.g. proposals to ban daytime deliveries in cities.
  • The quality of daytime and overnight facilities for road freight drivers.

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