UK Simplifies Lorry Driver Test As Shortages Bite
Muhammad Irfan 14 days ago Sat 11th September 2021 | 01:03 AM
The British government said Friday it will simplify the procedure to qualify as a lorry driver to tackle widespread delivery problems hitting retail businesses
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Sep, 2021 ) :The British government said Friday it will simplify the procedure to qualify as a lorry driver to tackle widespread delivery problems hitting retail businesses.
The Department of Transport said in a statement it is acting "to streamline the testing process... to tackle HGV driver shortages," referring to drivers of large lorries.
It said it would make up to 50,000 extra driving test slots available per year and reduce the number of required elements.
This will not affect the driving standard required, it insisted.
Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland supermarket chain, tweeted this month that the government "urgently needs to recognise the importance and value of HGV drivers, and the need to class them as skilled workers for immigration purposes. Otherwise all our Christmases really are at risk."