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UK considers steps to battle HGV shortage

'Motorists could drive lorries without extra test'

A new British plan could allow anyone with a driving licence behind the wheel of a lorry. This would not require additional tests. According to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, this "Brexit bonus" plan would help address the lorry driver shortage, The consultation, which was opened August 5, will review whether to lift the ban on motorists driving 3.5-ton vehicles without sitting a test. The current rules require people to sit five tests to become qualified to drive HGVs.

Delays in the transport of food, fuel and other goods skyrocketed under the shortage amid Covid and Brexit. The Transport Secretary believes the plan would increase the number of commercial drivers and boost jobs opportunities and the economy.



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