According to the Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA), Richard Burnett, haulage firms are finding it difficult to unlock Apprenticeship Levy funding and the sector has only drawn down a fraction of the £140 million+ that it has contributed.

“The Levy is supposed to help operators but our members tell us it’s a bureaucratic nightmare so we need to understand what the problems are and press the Government into action to resolve them,” he said.

Mr Burnett was speaking as the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Road Freight and Logistics, chaired by Sir Mike Penning, met for the first time to address some of the big issues facing the industry including, as well as the driver shortage, Brexit and air quality.

Members from both houses of Parliament will be hearing evidence from key industry figures including the RHA which has had a key role to play in setting up and resourcing the APPG.

Mr Burnett pointed out that a Transport Select Committee inquiry in 2016 concluded that the driver shortage was hitting haulage hard and the RHA is frustrated at the Government’s lack of progress given that the problem has worsened.

He has called on the Government to support the RHA’s Road to Logistics initiative, which aims to attract ex-offenders, former military personnel, the long-term unemployed and women among other diverse groups into the sector.

Last reviewed 15 April 2019