Freight Transport APPG calls for further financial support for young drivers

In a bid to address the HGV driver shortage, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Freight Transport will call for an extension to the student loans system and cheaper car insurance for young drivers.

In its first report – Barriers to Youth Employment in the Freight Transport Sector, which is currently in draft form – the APPG states that there is “a significant concern in the industry of the increasing average age of those working in the sector”, and that it is of “paramount importance” that industry and government address this issue.

The report adds that although the age for possessing a Category C+E licence has been lowered to 18, this hasn’t encouraged more young people to become HGV drivers.

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