The UK political landscape is in turmoil following the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with a number of Conservative MPs looking to step up and take over the country. Alistair Lindsay, COO of Zeus LaboratoriesHe said the “volatile political climate” couldn’t come at a worse time for drivers.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “The logistics industry has taken bullet after bullet, from the aftermath of Brexit and coronavirus to skyrocketing inflation and record fuel prices.
“Now more than ever, the logistics industry needs strong and stable leadership.
“We ask that the Government continue to push for policy changes and focus on the transport sector and fuel costs.
“We need to ensure that our road freight transport sector, which is vital to economic growth, is not forgotten in the coming months.”
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Lindsay added: “Urgent action is desperately needed for these businesses, which are the backbone of our consumer-driven economy.
“The new prime minister and his cabinet must take immediate action to increase fuel reimbursement to relieve pressure in the short term.
“At the same time, they must set realistic longer-term goals to free the sector from its dependence on fossil fuels and move towards sustainable growth.
“This may include incentives to support carriers in what can be a costly move to alternative fuels, hybrids and fully electric vehicles.”
Although the price of fuel has fallen slightly in recent weeks, many are still concerned about rising costs.
The average price of petrol is 190.65 pence per litre, and diesel drivers pay an average of 198.42 pence per litre, according to RAC Fuel Watch.
Many companies have reported having trouble looking to upgrade their fleets, particularly to zero-emission vehicles.
One potential solution could be the EV Charging Infrastructure Fund which would unlock the resources needed to get a national charging network up and running.
This would be a key step in giving businesses and individual drivers the confidence to invest in electric vehicles if they don’t have ready access to charging stations at home or work.
Alistair Lindsay said some key steps would help the industry “get back on track” amid political instability.
He went on to say: “Another priority action should be expanding training opportunities to attract more recruits.
“The new transportation bill needs to be reviewed to ensure that it does not lower standards for new drivers, but instead requires more state-funded HGV driving programs.
“The new prime minister and his cabinet should also create a scholarship to support small carriers in hiring trainees and pass regulations to ensure that insurance companies do not negatively penalize fleet owners with young drivers.
“This would help stabilize and future-proof the industry for generations to come, and put us back on the path to a brighter economic future.”
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