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26. Updated Vision Checks Encouraged for UK Hauliers
January 16, 2019


Are you a haulier in need of an eye test? If you’re not sure, the answer is probably yes. In fact, the answer is probably yes for most people in the haulage industry. Recent studies have found that a scarily small portion of drivers have had vision checks since their driving test, and failing to do so can result in dire consequences… The Stats According to Vision Express, there are around 7.6 million licence holders in the UK who haven’t had an eye test since their driving exam, in which they were asked to read a number plate from a distance of 20m. If you’ve been operating a HGV a... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

27. Use Mobile Apps to Improve Efficiency of Courier Jobs
January 16, 2019


Technology is becoming more advanced by the day, and with the easy availability of new systems and mobile applications for tracking, capturing data and performing safety checks, anyone working in the courier industry is in luck. It’s an exciting time... If you’re a fleet manager in the transport sector and you’re looking to find more efficient ways to keep track of your workers – and make sure they can manage themselves – here are some of the best and simplest technologies in the business. Remembering Safety Checks Courier jobs always involve vehicle safety checks, and most dri... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

28. Couriers Advised to Keep German Doors Open After Brexit
January 16, 2019


We’re all sick of hearing about Brexit, but no matter how hard we try to steer clear of the topic, for those working in the delivery industry, it always seems to find a way back into our lives. If you’re an owner driver you might be wondering how your business might be affected – adversely or positively. Although many of the details are not yet set in stone (to put it mildly), there’s one thing we can be sure of – for couriers, it’s going to be a very wise idea to keep the doors, and the lines of communication, to Germany wide open. Overseas Online Shoppers According to a study from... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

29. More Online Shopping is Good News for Couriers
January 16, 2019


For some, browsing busy high-street shops, wading through reams and reams of sale items and waiting in long queues for the checkout is not an enjoyable pastime. These people must have grown in number, because online shopping is become increasingly popular, with many customers opting to purchase items online and have them brought to their homes via a delivery service. If you’re an owner driver in the courier industry this means you’re in luck, so why not make the most of this extra work? This year, take your courier business to new heights by grabbing your piece of the online shopping deli... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

30. Should Courier Operators Make Dash Cams Compulsory?
January 16, 2019


Dash cams are becoming very popular among road users. They’re near-standard in some countries and are being increasingly embraced in the UK. This has led many fleet operators to wonder if they should be compulsory for anyone doing courier jobs. In this article, we’ll try to break down some of the pros and cons. Popularity It’s worth looking at some statistics to get a sense of how popular cameras are becoming. Recent data shows some surprising things: • Sales of dash cams doubled over the past year. • As many as one in ten cars now have a dash cam. As popularity grows... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

31. Safety Tips for Driving in Winter Fog
January 16, 2019


Fog-related accidents cause more than 500 fatalities yearly, but advice to avoid the roads in poor conditions doesn’t work for those doing courier work. Read on for our top tips to help keep you safe when you’re out on the roads in winter. Seeing the Issue Where ice can create slippy patches and damage the road, fog only really affects one area: visibility. Accordingly, most of these tips will focus on how you can remain aware of other vehicles, keep others aware of you and adjust to low visibility. Courier work can be stressful enough without driving blind so whether you’re ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

32. Green Future: New CO2 Targets for Vans
January 16, 2019


As exhaustive discussions come to an end, the EU is getting ready to roll out its new CO2 targets. Part of a wider ‘green future’ project, these targets will have a big impact on courier jobs. Read on for the key takeaways. Cutting a Deal Like most things in politics, setting environmental goals requires compromise between various interests. Even within the EU, different bodies wanted different things: • The European Parliament wanted stricter standards for emissions. • National government representatives wanted more business-friendly targets. • The European Commission wa... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

33. Will Birmingham's New Clean Air Policy Affect You?
January 15, 2019


When you’re a haulier, you have the luxury of getting to travel all over the country (and sometimes even internationally). As you complete your deliveries and pick up your return loads, you get the opportunity to meet people from all different walks of life who come from cities you may never have thought to visit were it not for your mobile career. However, along with all the positives of travelling for work comes much responsibility – specifically keeping on top of the ever-changing rules and regulations of each and every city you visit. That can be tough and knowing the lay of so many ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

34. Get Your Own Classic Movie Model Cars
January 07, 2019


Whether it's a classic bat shaped Batmobile, a DeLorean, or an Elvis Cadillac, everyone loves classic movie cars. Have you ever wanted to have one of those cars and be able to really call them your own? Well now you can, because the rise of Classic movie cars has always been around, and with each new feature that is immortalized as a classic, another car makes the list as well. Model makers have picked up on this classic love, and are selling and producing the models that allow for model enthusiasts to have their own versions of the movie cars. Classic Carlectables is just one of the... (read more)

Author: Edmund Brunetti

35. Getting The Best Storage For Your Ute
January 07, 2019


Whether you are a tradie looking to fit some extra storage into your working vehicle, a lover of all things outdoors who wants to make their ute the ultimate party vehicle, having a fully kitted out ute is the first step, 4wd storage systems are amongst the first things you will want to get fitted. Often utes take their passengers & tools to work on the weekdays and then out to party on the weekend, so a highly customisable system of ute storage drawers is key for ensuring the vehicle can switch from one role to the other. Most roller bearing units can hold up to 150 kg per drawer, are lo... (read more)

Author: Edmund Brunetti

36. Next Generation Petrol Generators in Bangalore
December 24, 2018


Over the years, there has been a significant increase in the demand for petrol generators. This category of generators is prevalent for many businesses and they are largely preferred for their attributes. Many mobile workshops predominantly depend upon these generators which is why the prime manufacturers like Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL) design and develop petrol generators which aptly meet the expectations of industries not only in Bangalore but all over the country as well. Quality and durability are the chief characteristics which underline the best petrol generators in Bangal... (read more)

Author: John Edward

37. Looks Like We Got Us a Convoy: HGV Platooning Trial is Go!
December 18, 2018


The term ‘truck platooning’ refers to a number of haulage vehicles, equipped with high-tech driving aid systems, closely following each other. Driven by smart technology, with their onboard computers in constant communication, predictions are that this innovative method could make truck driving safer and more time- and fuel-efficient, help reduce emissions, and make traffic flow smoother. Another advantage is that it has the potential to be a great money saver for haulage companies around the country. The HGV platooning trial is a ‘go’ for next spring. Three wirelessly connected DAF truc... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

38. Big Rig Rookie: Beginner Mistakes You Don't Want to Make
December 18, 2018


Starting any new career can be tricky and that’s true for the heavy goods transport industry perhaps even more than many others. There are a number of mistakes that new haulage drivers make time and again. By following this list though, and avoiding the things mentioned, you can steer clear of the most obvious and, potentially, most damaging ones. Read on rookie! Getting Lost It sounds like the silliest and most condescending point – especially as driving trucks is predominantly on motorways – but losing your way is always an issue, even for more experienced haulage drivers. Th... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

39. HGV Platooning Trials Take to the Roads in 2019
December 14, 2018


For those making a living in any sector of the transport industry, keeping abreast of technology and infrastructure advances is a vital part of staying relevant and profitable in a challenging environment. The word on a lot of industry lips at the moment is ‘platooning’, and business owners, logistics managers and truck drivers will be watching with interest as the first government backed and funded trial of on-road truck platooning begins in the UK, in 2019. This innovative initiative has the potential to impact the industry in a big way – not the least of which is making delivery contr... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

40. Deal or No-deal Brexit: Bidding for International Haulage Permits
December 14, 2018


Anyone in the UK with a pulse is probably heartily sick of the B-word, but for the haulage companies whose profits rely on the passage of trade in and out of Europe, it’s vitally important to keep a vigilant eye on how their businesses may have to adapt to survive in a post-Brexit Britain. One of the biggest fears is that Britain will leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement getting the support of the House of Commons - aka a ‘no-deal Brexit’ – and many of the EU member states are preparing for this exact outcome. UK haulage companies are under pressure, with bidding already commenced... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

41. Haulier Helpers: Bringing Your Pet on the Road with You
December 13, 2018


Haulage work can involve long days on the road with little to keep you entertained, but there’s no excuse to be bored during your time on the road if you can take you pet along with you! What may seem like an ordinary drive to you will be an exciting adventure for them, and their enthusiasm will rejuvenate your energy no end. Whether you’re keen to bring your cat or dog (it may be wise to leave the more unusual creatures such as rabbits or snakes at home), this guide offers top tips and advice on what supplies to bring with you for a comfortable journey for you and your furry companion. ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

42. The Technology of Change: Staying Relevant in the Courier Industry
December 13, 2018


Fleet managers must tackle many new challenges as evolving technology makes its impact on the logistics industry. Not only must they handle this high level of technological change themselves, they also need to make sure all their staff are enthusiastic and informed about the enactment of changes. They must ensure high levels of productivity, whilst securing the safety of road users and strict compliance across their workforce. These tasks can seem daunting, but technological advances are key to solving the problems. Tech is not the enemy – in fact, it could transform your working life fo... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

43. Courier Conduct: Lesser Known UK Driving Laws
December 13, 2018


If courier work is your bread and butter, it is likely that you already know the rules of the road very well. However, some UK driving laws are not so well known. As a driver, your whole career depends on sticking to the letter of the law. We have gathered together a handy list of some of the lesser-known regulations, so you can make sure your driving is completely faultless. Light Flashing Flashing your lights might seem like a useful way to communicate with other road users. However, if you use your headlights to warn others about speed cameras or police you are breaking the law. T... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

44. Leave Loneliness Alone: How Lonely Hauliers Can Cope
December 12, 2018


A recent study has found that many in the transport sector often experience loneliness. For those working in the haulage work industry, this might not come as too much of a surprise. Yet the fact that over half the people in the logistics and transport sector feel always, often or sometimes lonely is sad news. However, there is hope for hardworking hauliers. If you’re feeling a little lonesome, these tips for combating the isolation you might encounter on the roads will help. Become Comfortable with Being Alone In many ways, this is the most important tip. Unless you are plann... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

45. Be a ProVision Go Pro: What You Need to Know About the App
December 12, 2018


The new ProVision Go App aims to simplify life for haulage companies by combining on one platform many risk management, compliance and safety needs. This app offers a lot to haulage companies, but in this article we’ll focus on the features and benefits it offers to fleet managers specifically. Fleet Manager Mode The program has two operational modes: Driver Mode and Fleet Manager Mode. In the latter, the user can access driver and vehicle compliance data, vehicle tracking, telematics data and accident reports. As all this is accessible from a smartphone, the facts and figures... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

46. From Economy to Premium: What's Your Tyre Type?
December 12, 2018


One of the most crucial choices haulage companies and freight forwarders will be familiar with is deciding which tyres are most suitable for their fleet. There are many factors to consider, such as cost, durability, fuel economy, design technology and, most importantly, safety. We know that a hefty proportion of your budget is dedicated to ensuring your vehicles are equipped with the appropriate tyres, so this handy guide will help you decide which type to invest in. We want to save you time by giving you our ins and outs of economy, mid-range and premium tyres and the top tips about whi... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

47. Don't Drive ‘Til You Drop: HGV Hours on the Road
December 12, 2018


Long days can turn into even longer nights for HGV drivers, and it can be tricky to keep track of the how much you’ve worked and the amount of rest you’ve taken between each shift while you’re out there doing delivery work. Anyone who works in the industry should know how important it is to keep rested and refreshed while driving in order to stay alert and safe, so use this handy guide to inform you of your rights as a driver, and to remind you to take regular breaks. Daily Limits: If you drive for a company, ‘duty time’ is any time you are working, but if you are self-employ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

48. Keeping your Couriers Compliant, Competent and Up for the Challenge
December 12, 2018


As a manager, it’s important to make sure your courier work is profitable – and this obviously includes minimising penalty charges as much as possible. But more than this, managers also play n important roles as a motivator, keeping their drivers ready to tackle the job, and as employers, with a duty of care. All this means is that it’s absolutely crucial that management takes every step it can to ensure drivers know and follow the rules and regulations of the road. This article will give some tips on how to do that. Induction and Training Employees should be thoroughly brief... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

49. True Grit: Timely Warnings from Highways England
December 12, 2018


As all road users know, winter can be a really rough time to drive. Long, dark nights, bad weather and unexpected obstructions combine to cause a lot of potential hazards. And delivery drivers are especially at risk – after all, the general advice to cut back on unnecessary journeys doesn’t really make much difference when driving is your job. For this reason, we’re going to run through some of Highways England’s advice to road users on how to stay safe as the nights draw in and the gritters come out. Be Prepared First, and perhaps most obviously, road users should always make sur... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

50. Big or Small, a Van for All: Top Vehicles for Courier Work
December 12, 2018


It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that vehicles are crucial to delivery drivers. Most of your time will be spent on the road, and differences in price, fuel economy and reliability can make the difference between a profitable business and a struggling one. Here, we’ll run through some of the most popular vans and bikes among professional delivery workers, helping you pick the one that’s right for you. Small Vans A van is essential for pretty much any load larger than a motorcycle carrier box. Cars are particularly poor for courier work, as they prioritise comfort and passen... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves



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