£100m funding for new truck drivers backed by MPs

Research commissioned by Motor Transport and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has found that two-thirds of MPs are in support of the introduction of a government grant to train new truck drivers.  

The grant would provide £100m worth of funding to help more drivers gain their HGV licence and curb the worsening skills crisis in the haulage sector.  

The survey, carried out by ComRes, asked 150 MPs whether they would support the £100m allocation, which would be deployed over the next two years. This would prevent the need for foreign drivers to cover the estimated shortfall of 40,000 drivers faced by the sector.

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