RHA Tackles HGV Driver Shortage

The Road Haulage Association has  launched another exciting initiative, Road to Logistics.

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Road to Logistics is the result of a close collaboration between the RHA, telematic system providers Microlise and services charity Care After Combat.

The new scheme was announced at the Microlise Transport Conference in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal.

Road for Logistics is the result of meeting between Richard Burnett, Microlise executive director Bob Harbey, and Jim Davidson, Chairman of Care After Combat – a charity  dedicated to supporting  the many veterans who are vulnerable and need a helping hand  back into the community.

“If the industry needed drivers and Care After Combat needed jobs, and Microlise was already working with ex-offenders, there had to be a way that we could work together to make this happen.

“Care After Combat has the source for potential drivers, Microlise will create the training academies, and we, through our membership, have the jobs,” Richard Burnett continued.

“Road to Logistics will create and maintain a national training programme to encourage new talent into the transport and logistics industry from sections of society where individuals need help and support to regain their self-confidence and independence.”

“Before training even begins, candidates will be rigorously assessed for their suitability, including a thorough medical examination. Those that pass will have to sign up to a strict Road to Logistics code of conduct. The Code will cover all aspects of their behaviour and professionalism and will ensure that their prospective employers can be confident that they will be taking on someone in whom that confidence is well placed.”

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