British officials have announced plans intended to attract more truck drivers whilst also simplifying training. This is an attempt to address a chronic shortage in the haulage industry which companies have warned could damage supply chains and lead to some food shortages.
The government said it would consult on proposals to streamline the application process for drivers seeking heavy goods vehicle (HGV) licences, increase the number of tests, and help improve working conditions and cut the cost of training.
At the start of this month, the government relaxed rules on the hours drivers could work in a bid to cope with the problem. It came after food and logistics groups warned that a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers could lead to gaps on supermarket shelves.
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