Leeds-based freight and logistics company Walkers Transport, part of the Palletways Network and operator of the northern hub, has voiced concerns that CPC training, coupled with a lack of young people coming into the sector, will directly impact on workforce numbers and cause huge knock-on effects for businesses.
It is therefore advising companies to perform a ‘Logistics Health Check’ before the busy pre-Christmas period for peace of mind that their distribution suppliers are able to meet customers’ delivery and storage requirements as we move out of recession and into a more buoyant economy.
Demand for palletised logistic services increased from last month (September) as the Christmas peak started to build. Previously, part-time and retired drivers would normally help but this option is no longer available due to the new legislation.
Professional HGV drivers who did not meet the September deadline for completing the required 35 hours training for driver Certificate Professional Competence (CPC) no longer hold a valid licence.