On 18 January 2016, the government’s Transport Committee (“Committee”) held a session where they heard from representatives of the logistics sector about the issues facing the industry, what has been done so far, and what else could be done in the future to make things better.
It is almost a year since the FTA organised their Driver Crisis Summit in March 2015. The summit was an attempt by the industry to try and identify and hopefully resolve the reasons for a major shortage in professional drivers. Analysis from the summit suggested that the driver shortage by the end of 2014 was between 50,000 and 60,000.
On 21 December 2015, the Department for Transport (“DfT”) made a new road safety statement which set out the government’s vision, values and priorities for improving the safety of Britain’s roads. At the top of the list were proposals for harsher penalties for dangerous in-car mobile phone use, which had been identified by the RAC as one of their greatest concerns.