THE All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight and Logistics needs to hear how the skills shortage is affecting hauliers as firms are struggling to recruit staff.

The industry faces a growing shortage of drivers, which the RHA believes stands at more than 55,000.

The APPG has called for evidence from operators as the group aims to build a strong case to put pressure on the government to reverse the trend.

The group also wants to see if the Transport Select Committee’s 2016 recommendations to tackle the shortage have made any difference to firms, and if they haven’t, what the government and industry should be doing differently.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: ‘The skills shortage is getting worse. We need innovative solutions such as our Road to Logistics initiative backed by government to encourage more people into our industry.’

He added that this is an opportunity for the sector to get its voice heard in Parliament and called on hauliers to respond to the call for evidence.