THE ROAD Haulage Association and telematics company Microlise report that government has pledged £1m to support Road to Logistics, a not for profit scheme founded by the two organisations.

‘This is the culmination of three years of collaboration and hard work between the RHA and Microlise,’ said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett.

‘The future of the UK road transport industry depends on its drivers and right now we’re facing a shortage of approximately 60,000. Road to Logistics will go some way to resolving this while at the same time supporting ex-offenders, the long term unemployed and individuals from other disadvantaged backgrounds.’

The scheme aims to link potential drivers with employers, mentor them and put them through the necessary training including taking their HGV driving test.