Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Freight Transport Association Acts on Road Haulage Driver Shortage

Summit to Discuss the Problem Scheduled
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UK – Ever pro-active, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced a one-day industry Summit to tackle the problem which is worrying anyone involved in the road haulage trade, that of a chronic shortage of qualified professional drivers. The FTA Industry Summit - ‘Solving the Driver Crisis’ will be held on Thursday 12 March at the Ricoh Stadium, Coventry with a capacity of up to 500 places. The event will bring together government officials, professional HR advisors, and experienced operators to work towards solutions to the current driver crisis. James Hookham, MD - Membership & Policy said:

“The driver shortage wasn’t just for Christmas, it will be with us for far longer than that. We are facing a long-term challenge to attract and recruit sufficient people to professional driving. We need to up our game in recruitment practices and start addressing some deep seated problems in the industry. We also need to ensure Government and other agencies are on our side and that we make best use of the support and funding that is already available. Solving the Driver Crisis will be a unique event to bring to together the best knowledge and experience in the industry and present to delegates the most up to date picture and collective advice and knowledge available in the industry.”

The summit will assess the size of the problem, partially attributed by many in the industry to the changes in drivers’ CPC requirements, and how it affected operators’ in the run up to Christmas, how to attract more candidates and what sources of Government funding are available and how to apply for them. Delegates attending the free-to-attend event will also receive practical advice on dealing with driver shortage issues and learn from other attendees experience and how they overcame the problem of driver shortage.

The FTA Industry Summit – ‘Solving the Driver Crisis’ is a free of charge event – for further details please contact the FTA press office on 01892 55225 / 07818 450425, or email press.office@fta.co.uk

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