Driver shortage: RHA welcomes record number of tests

The RHA has welcomed the news that record numbers of HGV drivers are currently taking their tests.

5th May 2022 8:10 AM

The latest set of data produced by the Department for Transport shows there are now currently record levels of tests being carried out – highlighting a significant shift in the past six months.

Although it is hard to be certain the numbers are solely due to HGV bootcamps, we believe the news is hugely positive, and a clear sign that the sector is attracting high levels of drivers and first learners passing via the scheme.

Figures

The March figures of 10,481 tests and 6,307 passes can be compared to the pre-Covid pandemic era, where the previous record was 4,268 passes and 7,323 tests, which was recorded in March 2017.

Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of tests across a longer period too. From September 2021 to March 2022, there has also been a record number of drivers taking tests.

We believe that the positive media stories about the sector and promoting the role of HGV driver has played a significant role – alongside the increases in salary.

“Promoting a sector”

Speaking about the findings, Policy lead – Skills at the RHA, Sally Gilson, said: “These record results show what happens when a government prioritises and promotes a sector.

“If the numbers continue to look this good, it shows the extent to which bringing a flexible, fully-funded training programme can impact the HGV and logistics industry.”