The Road Haulage Association (RHA) represents a large proportion of the country’s truck operators and last week was on the campaign trail with a stand at the Conservative Party conference. This was to ensure that those in power are made aware of the state of Britain’s freight industry. In particular, great emphasis was placed on how hard a lorry driver’s job really is and how the chronic shortage of staff entering the HGV industry is a matter of deep concern.
Road Haulage in North West England, as well as across North Wales, the rest of the UK and also Europe is very important. The UK Government announced its proposal earlier on in the year to provide funding of £500 million to support the development of diverse fuels for haulage services in the UK. On the 1st September we also saw the Transport for London’s Safer Lorry Scheme launch, which introduced new regulations for safer HGV operations on the road.
Visitors at the conference last week were invited to join RHA at their stand to take on a challenge on a truck simulator. Many of the MPs took part, including secretary of state for transport Patrick McLoughlin. This was a successful and innovative opportunity to raise awareness to the business department to accept the case for the funding of HGV driver apprenticeships.
The reason RHA attended the Conservative conference was to raise awareness of National Lorry Week, which will commence on 26th – 31st October 2015. This national week is aimed to boost the profile of the road haulage industry with the general public, schoolchildren and college leavers, as well as those looking for a change of career.
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