THE RHA is calling on the government to introduce an emissions linked rebate to encourage hauliers to switch to low-carbon fuels.
A move to make fuels such as HVO more cost effective could help the industry accelerate its decarbonisation journey. Whilst zero-emission technologies are developed, low-carbon fuels can help operators reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90%.
Ahead of the Government’s Autumn Statement the RHA also urges ministers to increase the HGV mechanic apprenticeships funding band to £23,000, to incentivise training providers amid a growing shortage of mechanics.
Reforming the Apprenticeship Levy into a more flexible Skills Levy for apprenticeships and approved vocational courses would help plug skills gaps in the industry. Also, funding for lorry parking should be ring-fenced and a cross-departmental taskforce established to review existing facilities with industry and other stakeholders to develop long-term solutions, said the RHA.
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