Friday, September 11, 2009

European LGV Licence Age Drops to 18

New legislation is expected to encourage careers in logistics.
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – Due to the institution of the new Drivers CPC qualification, the legal age a person can acquire an LGV (large goods vehicle) licence in the EU has been lowered from 21 to 18. The move is expected to open up a fresh pool of talent to freight and haulage firms by encouraging people to enter the industry at an earlier age.

Though the policy is not actually too original, as under the Young Driver Scheme that was already in existence it was possible for those under 21 to acquire an LGV licence, industry trade associations have reacted warmly to the new law.

Ruth Pott, Director of Employment Affairs for the RHA, told Handy Shipping Guide that they “welcome the reduction in the driving age as it will encourage more youngsters to driving jobs.”

These sentiments were echoed by Jo Tanner of the Freight Transport Association who said: “We welcome the reduction of the HGV driving age from 21 to 18 as it will provide a much needed injection of young blood into the industry. Lorry drivers, whatever their age, are highly trained, skilled professionals, and this is underlined by the recent introduction of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence.”

She went on to say that although jobs were in short supply currently, a fresh supply of younger drivers might go to fill any skills shortage when the recession ends.