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DVSA to recruit extra additional driving examiners to help reduce lorry driver shortage

18 August 2021/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Freight Forwarding, Logistics & Supply Chain, Operations Management

A campaign to recruit additional vocational driving examiners in England and Wales to help reduce the lorry driver shortage has been launched by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). 


40 new vocational examiners will be recruited in total, made up of existing DVSA employees and external candidates.


The government wrote to the UK haulage industry on 20 July 2021 outlining a package of measures to help address the lorry driver shortage.


It acknowledged that increasing the availability of vocational driving tests is key to this issue.


DVSA continues to develop measures to maximise testing capacity, including consulting on plans to streamline the process for drivers to gain their heavy goods vehicle licence. 


The additional examiners will enable DVSA to offer more lorry driving test appointments.


DVSA Chief Executive Loveday Ryder said: “We recognise the haulage industry keeps the wheels of our economy turning and have listened to its concerns about the current lorry driver shortage.


“We have responded by doing all we can to support the industry in tackling this issue through increasing lorry driver testing.”


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