NRC welcomes new immigration settings for truck drivers

In News1 MinutesBy Gavin MyersApril 27, 2023

National Road Carriers Association is welcoming confirmation this week by Minister of Immigration and Transport Michael Wood that Class 4 and 5 truck drivers will be able to apply for residency from 29 September, if they’ve completed a two-year work requirement.

NRC chief executive Justin Tighe-Umbers said the two-year work to residence for truck and bus drivers had been agreed with the transport sector and was first announced in December 2022.

He said a road transport worker shortage was one of the four big issues faced by the road transport industry along with investment in roads, the transition to low-emissions transport and reimagining the supply chain.

“This worker shortage has existed for several years but has been exacerbated by the lack of supply of drivers from overseas following Covid-19 restrictions, heightened domestic and international competition for workers generally and a driver population currently skewed to an older demographic,” Tighe-Umbers said.

“We have been calling on the Government to implement immigration policy changes to provide a clear and simple path to residency for immigrants who are truck drivers and this announcement is a step in the right direction.”