On the back of the announcement that the Government will review the speed with which Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) driving tests and driver medical assessments currently take place, and consider options to accelerate both in order to help address the shortage of qualified HGV drivers, Justin Zatouroff, KPMG’s Global Head of Post and Express said:
“The industry will be pleased that the Government is stepping in and recognising the problem and taking action to review driving tests and driver medical assessments speeds."
“The Government working with road haulage firms on an industry-led solution to the driver shortage will also be well received. Looking at the right level of access to, and funding support for, training is good for all but will take time to change a long term problem given the average age of HGV drivers is so high.”
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Nahidur Rahman, KPMG Press Office
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