For a second time, Tory MP John Redwood appears to have missed the point entirely when it comes to the HGV drivershortage - and people have been duly roasted for the ridiculous solution he’s offering.
As the country is experiencing the effects of the HGV driver shortage, the MP for Wokingham decided to give his two cents as to how the problem and be solved, and according to Redwood it sounds pretty simple - understand how online companies were able to get extra delivery drivers and apply this to the HGV crisis.
But there’s one pretty big flaw to Redwood’s idea... the solution isn’t exactly a “one size fits all” because HGV drivers are required to pass a specific testing to get a HGV license due to the sheer size and volume of the lorries they have to drive - carrying tonnes of supplies.
Whereas, your standard local delivery driver just needs a basic driving license to be able to operate a delivery van - not exactly the same thing.
One of the reasons there is a shortage in the first place is because HGV testing centres were closed during the Covid lockdowns and so no HGV drivers-in-training were able to pass and get their license during this time.
So basically, Redwood is missing the entire point.
But rest assured, people on Twitter were quick enough to highlight this to him.
One former HGV driver decided to school Redwood on the different between a HGV lorry and your bog-standard delivery van.
@johnredwood I used to be a HGV driver. It's completely different from a small van.
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