Large Goods Vehicle Drivers

Department for Transport written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles in the UK.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency records the driving licence holders who have entitlement to drive Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in Great Britain. It does not record those who are actually working as HGV drivers. In July 2014, 916,244 drivers had full HGV entitlement and 428,040 had provisional HGV entitlement, a total of 1,344,284.

The ONS Labour Force Survey showed that 285,000 people were working as heavy goods vehicle drivers in the United Kingdom in April – June 2014. However, other people will be driving heavy goods vehicles as part of their work in other sectors, such as retail or construction.

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