Chancellor's budget 'failed to tackle shortage of UK HGV drivers'

28 March 2015

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has complained UK chancellor George Osborne failed to provide funding in his budget statement to address the shortage of UK HGV drivers.

Despite intensive lobbying by the RHA, Osborne did not commit targeted funding to solving the current shortage of drivers, which currently stands at 45,000.

The association said the chancellor’s rejection of calls to support the cost of getting new licensed and qualified HGV drivers “is a poor one for the economy, for tax receipts and for the industry".

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett previously said unless the issue was urgently addressed, in 12 months’ time the shortage of drivers would have grown to 60,000, causing an increasing reliance on foreign drivers.

And while welcoming the expected freeze on fuel duty, Burnett added: “Had he reduced duty (as he did with alcohol) he would have boosted growth and employment as demonstrated through independent, RHA-funded research."

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