Following evidence provided by Logistics UK and other key industry representatives, the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee of the Welsh Senedd has published its recommendations to the Welsh Government to overcome the nation’s HGV driver shortage.
Lobbyist Chris Yarsley, Logistics UK’s Policy Manager for Wales, said, “The Committee’s proactive and comprehensive plan to tackle the HGV driver shortage demonstrates that it has listened closely to the concerns and suggestions of Logistics UK and incorporated our proposals.
“These include measures to develop HGV driver apprenticeship programmes, increase the number of training providers available, and expedite the development of regional and national freight strategies. Most crucially, the Committee calls upon the Welsh Government to announce a national audit of rest facilities for drivers with the intention to improve provision where it has been found to be lacking, something we have been championing on behalf of our members for some time, since poor driver facilities continue to be a huge barrier to recruitment and retention of drivers.
“Now, it is vital that the Welsh Government moves swiftly to enact these measures, and works closely with industry throughout the process to ensure the best possible outcome to support Wales’s logistics sector and wider economy.”