Autumn Budget: RHA writes to Helen Whately MP Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

Autumn Budget: RHA writes to Helen Whately MP Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

19 Oct 2021 Posted By Josh Reynolds

We have written to MP Helen Whately, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, in advance of the Autumn Budget.

In our letter, we've called for a number of key actions to be taken by government, including: 

  • That Government commits to no increase in fuel duty for diesel for a further two years and enable hauliers to invest in new drivers, their training and cleaner road stock,
  • For HGV drivers to be added to the Shortage Occupation List,
  • That the Government urgently re-thinks the short-term visa allowance for overseas HGV driver to work in the UK,
  • For government to help address the HGV driver shortage by investing further in skills and infrastructure,
  • Address the way in which the Apprenticeship Levy can be accessed by our industry,
  • For the Government to continue funding the £3,000 incentive payment for apprenticeships for a further 12 months,
  • That funding is put in place to ensure the HGV Skills Bootcamp is made permanent,
  • Supporting the provision of safe, secure parking and welfare facilities available to goods vehicle drivers,
  • Ring-fenced funding for local authorities for designated lorry parking,
  • For all road improvement schemes need to include lorry facilities and parking provision from the outset,
  • That the Annual Investment Allowance of £1 million is extended for the duration of 2022.

Read the letter here

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