The investigation, announced at the end of last week, will address what the government has or has not done to tackle the UK's HGV driver shortage.

The select committee said it was looking to hear evidence from the DfT on: whether there is a shortage and the extent to which it is affecting the industry; the role of the government in recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce; the role of Driver CPC in improving industry employees' skills and professionalism; aspects of government policies which may deter potential recruits and the conditions of roadside facilities for drivers stopping both overnight and during the day.

The RHA's director of policy Jack Semple said he was pleased with the announcement, but that he believed there were still obstacles to the road transport industry's progress after the "shambles" of the trailblazer apprenticeship, which was rejected by for government funding last month.

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