The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the news that Mr Hammond has announced that Government will halve the amount smaller firms have to pay to hire an apprentice from 10 to 5 per cent.
Also welcomed is his recognition that the UK road network is in desperate need of a cash injection and intention to earmark a total of £30 billion for motorways and other major road improvements. This includes £420 million for fixing potholes to be made available immediately.
“While on the one hand this is both good and welcome news, we need to see work start on improving our road network now”, said RHA chief executive Richard Burnett. “Congestion resulting from road improvements costs the haulage industry millions of pounds each year. We are already heading towards another cold winter and the potholes resulting from last winter’s freezing conditions still need to be fixed before they get even worse.”