Three driving test changes have been confirmed to help solve supply chain issues being caused by a shortfall of lorry drivers.

The UK is currently short of around 90,000 to 10,000 HGV drivers, with the issues being blamed on a combination of coronavirus restrictions and Brexit.

Businesses have been struggling against the shortfall, with supermarket shelves left empty and restaurants forced to take items off the menu.

McDonald’s, Nando's and Wetherspoon are just some of the places that have been hit by supply chain issues.

In a statement made by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, it has now been confirmed that plans to tackle the shortage of HGV drivers will go ahead.

Do you think enough is being done to solve the HGV driver crisis? Let us know in the comments.

three driving test changes coming to help tackle lorry driver crisis and empty shelves

© PA Supermarket shelves have been left empty in recent weeks

It follows a summer consultation that was held to draw up ideas on how the crisis would be solved.

The measures all involve changes to driver tests, rather than working conditions and pay - two other factors that are also said to be contributing to fewer drivers on the road.

There is thought to be a huge backlog of HGV tests following the Covid crisis.

Mr Shapps said: "Over the summer, we consulted on three measures which will substantially increase the number of vocational driving tests available.

"I can announce today, September 10, 2021, that we will proceed with the measures we consulted on."

Here are the changes that will take place, which the government says will make up to 50,000 more driver tests available each year.

No extra test to tow trailer or caravan

Car drivers will no longer need to take another test to tow a trailer or caravan, Mr Shapps confirmed.

The Transport Secretary said this will allow roughly 30,000 more HGV driving tests to be conducted every year.

No ‘reversing exercise’ element in tests

Tests will also be made shorter by removing the “reversing exercise” element.

For vehicles with trailers, the “uncoupling and recoupling” exercise will be scrapped.

No need for small vehicle licence first

Articulated vehicle drivers will no longer have to get a licence for a smaller vehicle first.

The government says this will allow about 20,000 more HGV tests each year and means drivers can gain licences more quickly.

Get all the latest news sent to your inbox. Sign up for the free Mirror newsletter

Latest breaking 24h news around the world Latest breaking 24h news around the world - Page 2 Latest breaking 24h news around the world - Page 3


LATEST NEWS

NEWS RELATED

Volkswagen Polo, Vento waiting periods hit five month mark

© Soham Thakur Volkswagen Polo, Vento waiting periods hit five month mark Volkswagen’s Polo and Vento models are currently in high demand, commanding a waiting period of up to five months across the country. However, this is subject to only certain variants of both models.  Five Polo variants have a…

Read more: Volkswagen Polo, Vento waiting periods hit five month mark

2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid rolls in with $46,165 starting price

© Provided by Roadshow Efficient, but expensive. Kia Just a couple weeks ago, Kia provided prices for the 2022 Sorento. Noticeable by its absence from the pricing sheet was the 2022 Sorento plug-in hybrid, but on Friday, the Korean brand said the new plug-in hybrid option will cost $46,165 to…

Read more: 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid rolls in with $46,165 starting price

Boston Dynamics' Spot becomes robotic watchdog for Hyundai

Spot is on the job. Well, that’s actually “Factory Safety Service Robot,” which is a safety-oriented version of Spot that’s ready to help with operations at Hyundai Motor plants in South Korea. The automaker, which recently purchased a controlling stake in Spot’s creators, Boston Dynamics, said on Friday the new…

Read more: Boston Dynamics' Spot becomes robotic watchdog for Hyundai

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL Spied With Minimal Camo Showing Production Look

1/11 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL spy photo 2/11 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL spy photo 3/11 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL spy photo 4/11 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL spy photo Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/11 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL spy…

Read more: 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL Spied With Minimal Camo Showing Production Look

Mercedes-AMG One Customer Deliveries Reportedly Delayed To 2022

1/13 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright Mercedes-AMG One Front View Spy Photo 2/13 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright Mercedes-AMG One Front View Spy Photo 3/13 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright Mercedes-AMG One Front View Spy Photo 4/13 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright Mercedes-AMG One Front View Spy Photo Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/13 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright…

Read more: Mercedes-AMG One Customer Deliveries Reportedly Delayed To 2022

2022 Subaru BRZ Configurator Is Live, Most Expensive Costs $40,000

1/147 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Subaru BRZ Exterior Front Quarter 2/147 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Subaru BRZ Exterior Front Quarter 3/147 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Subaru BRZ Exterior Front Quarter 4/147 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright 2022 Subaru BRZ Exterior Rear Quarter Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/147 SLIDES © Motor1.com Copyright…

Read more: 2022 Subaru BRZ Configurator Is Live, Most Expensive Costs $40,000

Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar: specifications comparison

© Nishmanya Bahadur Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar: specifications comparison The new Force Gurkha has been a model that the off-roading community in India has been waiting for, ever since it was unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo. Force has finally revealed the production-spec Gurkha, ahead of its launch on…

Read more: Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar: specifications comparison

How often do electric cars run out of charge?

New research by the AA has found that almost all UK drivers overestimate the number of breakdowns caused by electric vehicles running out of charge.  © Provided by Motoring Electric AA EV Survey Results A staggering 99 percent of those surveyed incorrectly estimated how frequently EVs suffer from having flat…

Read more: How often do electric cars run out of charge?

21 reasons to love the Goodwood Revival

In Pictures: Classic motors and vintage glamour at Goodwood Revival

Skoda Rapid Rider Plus variant discontinued in India

Ducati to launch 2021 Monster this month

Isuzu Motors India inaugurates a new dealership in Jodhpur

This barn-find is the last Porsche 901

Digging deep: KTM 390 Adventure in Ladakh

Chasing 007: On the trail of James Bond in Scotland

OTHER NEWS