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PML Will Pay for HGV Training, as Trucker Shortage Escalates in UK

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PML is taking action to address the current acute shortage of drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)  in the United Kingdom. The logistics and supply chain solutions provider is offering to fund the training of eight dedicated drivers, to be based at both the company’s London Heathrow headquarters as well as at the soon to be opened facility in Lympne, Kent.

Mike Parr, managing director of PML, on September 13 announced that the company will, if necessary, finance the complete training for the right candidates, as long as the applicants are able to demonstrate PML’s hallmark commitment to the highest standard of customer service.

The company has previously voiced its concerns over the welfare of drivers, supporting Logistics UK’s comments regarding the banning of lorry parking for more than 45 minutes at a time in laybys (rest stops) across Kent, and responding with news of the upcoming operation at Lympne which will provide vital safe parking and additional welfare facilities.

“The HGV driver shortage is reaching crisis point and the knock-on effect of this impacting on the supply of essential produce and pharmaceutical goods is something that we predicted six months ago,” said Parr. Lorry drivers responsible for delivering vital food and pharmacy supplies are without doubt essential workers, and we ensure that that as such, they are well rewarded when they join the company, not only by a favorable package of benefits but also in terms of providing best-in-class facilities for them to access whilst they are working to ensure their continued physical and mental wellbeing.”