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The Ripple Effect of Brexit: How it’s Changing HGV Driver Training

Brexit has caused significant changes across many industries, and the HGV (heavy goods vehicle) industry is no exception. One of the areas affected by Brexit is the training and development of HGV drivers in the UK. In this blog post, we’ll explore the ripple effect of Brexit on HGV driver training and what it means for the industry.

The Shortage of HGV Drivers in the UK

Firstly, the most obvious change is the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK. The haulage industry is heavily reliant on foreign drivers, with EU nationals making up a significant proportion of the workforce. However, since the UK’s departure from the EU, it has become more difficult for foreign drivers to work in the UK due to visa restrictions and other barriers. This has resulted in a significant shortfall in the number of available HGV drivers, leading to a surge in demand for HGV driver training.

 

Changes in the Regulations Governing HGV Driver Training

Secondly, Brexit has led to changes in the regulations governing HGV driver training. Previously, the UK was bound by EU regulations that set out the requirements for HGV driver training. However, with the UK no longer a member of the EU, it has the freedom to set its own regulations. This has led to changes in the way HGV driver training is delivered and assessed.

 

Introduction of New Medical Standards for HGV Drivers

One of the changes is the introduction of new medical standards for HGV drivers. Under the new regulations, all HGV drivers must undergo a medical examination to obtain their licence, and they must also undergo regular medical checks throughout their career. This is designed to ensure that drivers are fit and healthy to operate HGVs, and to reduce the risk of accidents on the road.

 

New Qualification for HGV Driver Trainers

Another change is the introduction of a new qualification for HGV driver trainers. Previously, anyone with an HGV licence could train others to become HGV drivers. However, under the new regulations, HGV driver trainers must hold a specific qualification in driver training. This is designed to ensure that HGV drivers receive high-quality training from qualified trainers, and to improve the overall standard of HGV driver training in the UK.

 

Changes in the Cost of HGV Driver Training

Finally, Brexit has also led to changes in the cost of HGV driver training. With the increased demand for HGV drivers, the cost of training has risen significantly in recent years. This has made it more difficult for some people to enter the industry, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. However, there are initiatives in place to help fund HGV driver training for those who may not be able to afford it, including government grants and funding from industry bodies.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, Brexit has had a significant impact on HGV driver training in the UK. The shortage of HGV drivers has led to a surge in demand for training, while changes in regulations have led to improvements in the quality of training. While there are challenges to overcome, such as the cost of training and the shortage of qualified trainers, the industry is adapting to the new landscape and working to ensure that HGV driver training remains of the highest standard.

Looking to start or advance your career as an HGV driver? L&T Transport Training Services can help you get the training and qualifications you need to succeed. Contact us today to find out more about our HGV driver training courses and start your journey to a rewarding career on the road.


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