Lorry Driver and Fuel Shortages (Discussions with United Kingdom Government)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 28th September 2021.

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Photo of Rhoda Grant Rhoda Grant Labour

The cabinet secretary will be aware that qualifying as an HGV driver is expensive, which prevents many people from entering the profession. Once young people are qualified, they find it hard to get a job because the insurance premiums for young drivers are eye watering. Is the cabinet secretary looking at ways to train young people to become HGV drivers, and is he speaking to insurance companies about the premiums for young drivers, especially in relation to smaller companies that do not have the economies of scale to make those manageable?