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Committee launches road haulage sector: skills and workforce planning inquiry

11 September 2015

The Transport Committee is conducting an inquiry into skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector. The Committee's objective is to investigate what action Government has taken to address industry concerns about a lack of skilled drivers in the road haulage sector, and assess how effective the Government's response has been.

Policy relating to workforce planning and skills falls under the remit of several Government departments. The Transport Select Committee recognises the importance of other departments' policies on this topic, but is particularly interested to receive evidence on the following points, which relate directly to Department of Transport policy:

  • The extent to which statistics reflect the experience of road haulage companies regarding the shortage of a skilled workforce in the road haulage sector.
  • The role of Government in supporting recruitment, and encouraging a diverse workforce, for the road haulage industry.
  • The role of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification in improving the professionalism and safety of drivers from the UK and abroad on UK roads.
  • Aspects of current Government policy which may deter new entrants to the workforce e.g. proposals to ban daytime deliveries in cities.
  • The quality of daytime and overnight facilities for road freight drivers.

We would be grateful to receive written submissions by Monday 19 October 2015.

Written submissions for this inquiry should be sent via the Transport Committee inquiry page.

Notes on the submission of written evidence 
It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Written submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A summary of the main points at the start of the submission is sometimes helpful.
  2. Evidence should be submitted via the appropriate inquiry page on the Transport Committee website in Word or Rich Text format, with as little use of colour and images as possible. If you wish to submit written evidence to the Committee in another format you must contact a member of staff to discuss this. When making a submission you should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.
  3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee's property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. If the Committee decides to accept your contribution as evidence we will email you formally accepting it as such. You may publicise or publish your submission yourself, once you receive the formal acceptance of your evidence to the Committee. When doing so, please indicate that it has been submitted to the Committee.
  4. The Committee will usually publish the majority of written evidence that is received, but some submissions will be placed in the Parliamentary Archives for public inspection rather than being printed or published online. If you do not wish your submission to be made public, you must clearly say so, and should contact a member of staff to discuss this. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material or correspondence sent to other parties, formal submissions of evidence should be original work produced for the Committee and not published elsewhere.
  5. Committee staff are happy to give more detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee, or further advice on any aspect of the Committee's work, by phone or e-mail.

Additional information on submitting evidence to a Select Committee is available online in the House of Commons Guide to Witnesses

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