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1. Digital Driving Licences: Store Your Identity On Your Smartphone
December 07, 2018


Anyone who works in the busy delivery industry knows the importance of moving with the times and embracing new technologies. For drivers, one of the basics when entering the industry is passing and receiving your driving licence – and often a HGV version is required. After passing your driving test in order to be permitted to do courier work, you’ll want to be getting out on the roads as soon as possible, but waiting for your physical piece of plastic to arrive can be frustrating. However, there is now another option. A digital version can mean that instead of waiting around, you c... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

2. The Christmas Crunch: How Couriers Can Survive the Holiday Rush
December 07, 2018


Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but for the hardworking courier driver it is also undoubtedly one of the busiest and most stressful periods. With courier loads comprising a reported 400 million parcels and packages in circulation during this time, it’s not too hard to imagine why. With the tricky weather and often difficult driving conditions over winter, the Christmas period is certainly not one for the faint-hearted. Many courier companies take on new staff as a temporary measure to compensate for the extra demand, and everyone can expect their workload to majorly increase at th... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

3. Reduce Winter Driving Worries With These Top Tips
December 07, 2018


The winter season is upon us and there’s no going back and, with its arrival, we can expect a number of changes out on the road. Routes may be changed or become trickier to navigate and roads might generally become difficult to drive along for the busy courier driver. The ice, snow and rainy weather are all well and truly on their way and it’s a timely reminder that we all need to be prepared. As a courier driver, your working life revolves around the roads and your vehicle. If there is a problem with either, your livelihood can come under threat. Not only could any issues result in a lo... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

4. The Festivities Continue: Truckfest 2019 is on its Way
December 07, 2018


Europe’s biggest trucking event, Truckfest, will be returning in 2019 with eight fantastic shows throughout the UK. Since 1983, Truckfest has been a huge hit among haulage workers, HGV enthusiasts and lorry drivers alike, and in 2019 it’s sure to ‘wow’ us all over again. Although Christmas will soon be over, the festivities in the haulage industry certainly won’t be. The events will be held over multiple locations in the UK from May through to October 2019. Here’s what will be in store for the next trucking extravaganza! • Live Music A number of popular and upcoming artists wi... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

5. HGV Driving Careers: What Are Your Options?
December 07, 2018


If you’ve recently secured your HGV licence and want to start looking for jobs in the haulage work industry, you’ve probably been considering the various career options that could be available to you. Some types of haulier jobs are difficult to distinguish from one another, but this article is going to give a breakdown of each role and will hopefully help you to decide which career path is right for you. Although some jobs may require further accreditation, many of these are suited to anyone with a HGV licence – and a passion for driving, of course. Here are some of the main haulage w... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

6. London Calling: Courier Driving in the Capital
December 07, 2018


London driving can be confusing whether you’re an experienced native of the capital or just a visiting courier driver from out of town. While you’ll always need to keep up to date with the latest rules and regulations, we’ll give you enough information to understand the basics and can avoid getting caught out. Who Runs the Roads? It’s a good question, and, as with many things in a sprawling urban centre like London, there’s no easy answer. The capital’s roads are run by three different types of organisations: 34 highway authorities, Transport for London (TfL) and each of the 33 diff... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

7. Park Smart: Top Tips to Avoid Parking Fines for Delivery Drivers
December 07, 2018


As any driver knows, it can be all too difficult to find safe and legal parking. While this may be a pain for any road users, it’s all the more serious for those doing delivery work. Being unable to park can make it difficult to fulfil jobs in this time-sensitive industry, and getting hit with a parking fine can make work unprofitable or, worse, make it harder for couriers to get jobs. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to stay on top of parking regulations and avoid getting hit with a penalty charge. Types of Ticket There are different sorts of restrictions all over ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

8. Buyer's Guide for Ute Drawers
December 04, 2018


If you own a utility vehicle, van or 4WD that you are using for work, you are probably keeping a number of tools and other possessions in there. It is a sensible decision, as part of the usefulness of such vehicles is that you can store so much in them. But storing items in a haphazard way can create more problems. It means that you are using space inefficiently. And instead of having a massive vehicle where you can fit a lot of people and keep many possessions, you end up with a messy vehicle that does not offer as much utility as it should. Utility Vehicle Drawers By investing... (read more)

Author: Edmund Brunetti

9. Getting More from Highways England
November 28, 2018


Highways England is one of the most important professional bodies for those making a living as a courier driver, as it controls all the major motorways and main A-roads in the UK. Sadly, according to a recent survey by the watchdog, Transport Focus, many in the industry are unhappy with the work it does. Read on for a list of issues and some information on how Transport Focus intends to work moving forward. The Survey The 2018 Logistics and Coach Manager Survey: England’s Strategic Roads was put together by Transport Focus to examine how those working in the industry rated the perf... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

10. In the Cloud: Cloud Transport Management Technology Helps Couriers
November 26, 2018


If you’re in the logistics industry, especially if you have an independent business that completes a high number of owner driver jobs, you’re going to (quite literally) be on cloud nine when you hear the following news. There’s been a new development in technology useful for couriers – cloud transport management technology. Read on to find out what it is and how it’s helped R&G Logistics become more efficient. In the Cloud Despite having a name that seems a bit confusing, cloud transport management technology is a concept created by specialist software provider Mandata that is easy t... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

11. Owner Driver Jobs Delivered by Drones: Into the Future
November 26, 2018


To many, drones may seem like something out of science fiction. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In our modern society, they are becoming more and more prevalent – so much so that now even the general population can purchase and operate them. They aren’t only being used for fun flying in spare time, though. There have already been instances of putting these robots to work. Read on to find out what exactly a drone is and how Starship Technologies has turned science fiction into reality by giving these futuristic creatures their own personal owner driver courier jobs. ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

12. Birmingham City Council Reviews Clean Air Zone Plan
November 26, 2018


haulage work with available drivers. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.">Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) plan, due to be put in place in January 2020, is being reviewed by the city council. The original plan was to charge pre-Euro-6 HGVs £100 per visit to the Clean Air Zone, although it’s been said that this is likely to be reduced before the end of 2018, when the plan is submitted to the government. Birmingham City Council’s Labour cabinet member for transport and... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

13. Top Tips for Those Starting a Trucking Career
November 26, 2018


In the UK, haulage companies have recently been suffering a loss of drivers, and many are now working towards mass recruitment. By encouraging more young people to get into trucking, the industry will continue to be able to expand and prosper. If you’re thinking about getting into a career in delivery work, here are some helpful tips that will help you get started on the road to success. 1. Know Your End Goal An important aspect of career planning is to decide what it is you’d actually like to get out of the job. If you have a clear end goal in mind, chances are you’ll find it easier... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

14. How Will the Budget Affect the Logistics Industry: Part 2
November 21, 2018


We’ve already covered what the budget means for transport in part one of our budget recap, but now it’s time to see how the industry is reacting. A mixed picture is emerging, with spokespeople welcoming measures in some areas and lamenting lack of ambition in others. Read on to get a little more perspective on how this new budget will impact the way you plan and complete haulage jobs. Tax and Duty While the decision to continue the freeze on fuel duty for a ninth consecutive year has been welcomed, the budget has come under criticism for failing to reduce costs at the pump. ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

15. What does the Budget Mean for Haulage Companies: Part 1
November 21, 2018


It’s that time of the year again. The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in … and the government has released its budget for 2018-19. As always, there were a lot of changes and a lot that stayed the same. And, all of this has a major impact on haulage jobs. Read on for some of the key takeaways from the chancellor’s announcement – and then don’t miss part two, where we look at industry reactions. Infrastructure The government has made a lot of big headline announcements this year, with planned changes to the country’s transport infrastructure grabbing the most attention.... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

16. How to Master City Driving When You're a Courier Driver
November 20, 2018


In the busy courier industry, owner driver jobs can present many unforeseen challenges, and one of these is city driving. Navigating the grid-locked streets is difficult enough in a regular-sized car, but in delivery vans the task is made even trickier. Here are a few tips on how to drive safely through cities when you’re a delivery driver. • Inspect Your Van Making sure your vehicle is completely safe to drive is the first important step. Before you leave for the day, make sure everything in the van is in full working order: check the lights, brakes, tyres and anything else yo... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

17. How Courier Drivers Can Stay Safe on the Road
November 20, 2018


In addition to flexibility and freedom, taking on owner driver courier jobs comes with a lot of responsibility, particularly when it comes to road safety. Making sure you are knowledgeable about safety procedures and well-prepared for when hazards do arise are important aspects of delivery work, and should certainly not be overlooked. Here are a few ways in which you can enhance your safety on the roads while working as a delivery driver. • Have Plenty of Rest People in the transport sector are often tempted to work longer hours, but no matter how much you need to get done, it... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

18. How to Prepare for a Courier Driver Job Interview
November 20, 2018


Although owner driver jobs differ greatly from many other mainstream careers, the structure of an interview remains the same. Preparing for these interviews is always a daunting task, but hopefully this guide will give you a lot of useful information to help you secure that dream freelance driving job. The Questions One can never predict exactly what an interviewer will ask, but for owner driver jobs, questions tend to follow similar trends. You will no doubt have to answer basic questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, employment history and hobbies and skills, but... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

19. Top Tips for Those New to the Courier Business
November 20, 2018


Taking on owner driver courier jobs can be difficult in more ways than one; so if you’re a newbie, the industry may seem a little daunting at first. Whether you’re worried about staying sane in your van all alone every day, or remembering all the correct safety regulations, take heart that you won’t be the only one. So, for any drivers new to the business, here are some handy tips to help you on your way to becoming a more confident courier. 1. Learn the Safety Protocols Learning the basic rules inside and out may seem like a chore, but in this industry, knowing how to handle ... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

20. The Cost of Missing a Delivery to Owner Drivers
November 20, 2018


We live in a world where it people seem to have lost all patience – they want what they want immediately, if not sooner! However, this doesn’t necessarily apply to the courier industry. As you go about completing your owner driver jobs, there shouldn’t be a need to rush unduly if you plan right. In fact, it could cost you more than just money if you do. Read on to find out what matters most to the majority of customers and how you can deliver on those needs. Failing to Deliver Adds Up The number of packages being delivered each year is going up – however, that also means the num... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

21. The Dos and Don'ts of Handling a Traffic Jam
November 20, 2018


When you work in the logistics industry, it’s inevitable that you’ll eventually end up in a traffic jam. Not just slow moving traffic, but a full on jam that you may be stuck in for hours – complete with bumper to bumper vehicles at a standstill, with not a side road in sight to escape down. While it’s tempting to get angry – after all, you’ve got owner driver courier jobs to complete – it’s important that you try to keep your cool. Here is a list of what you should and shouldn’t do while stuck in a jam. DO Have a Snack Eating while driving is perfectly legal, so use this time t... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

22. Creepy Courier Routes: Haunted Roads in the UK
November 20, 2018


Have you ever been driving around dusk and seen something strange out of the corner of your eye that disappeared when you took a better look? Or perhaps you’ve been the only one on the road and felt an icy chill run down your spine despite your van being a comfortable temperature. Were you just tired and your mind started playing tricks on you, as it sometimes does when you’ve had a lot of owner driver jobs to complete? Or was it something more sinister and ghostly from beyond the grave? Hold onto your steering wheel and tighten your seatbelt – because here are some tales of haunted roads... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

23. New Training Requirements Introduced For Fleet Managers and Drivers
November 20, 2018


The Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) is looking to improve operational standards within the haulage industry by introducing new training requirements for both fleet managers and drivers. These new requirements span all levels of accreditation (bronze, silver and gold) and are to become effective from early January 2019 for both new and existing haulage companies. The FORS Standard is the comprehensive document defining what is required for members to achieve and maintain the various accreditation levels. This latest update, (FORS Standard Version 5) addresses a number of issues t... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

24. Are Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners Worth It ?
November 12, 2018


Air conditioning is something that most Australians need. It can help you bear the extreme heat of the summer season. However, do you know that there are air conditioners that can be of use to you in the winter months as well? They are called reverse cycle air conditioners. As is the case with most air conditioning systems, they aren’t cheap and come at a premium price. Moreover, installing them is a complex process that requires professional assistance. Let us find out if these air conditioners are worth investing in or not. What is a Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner? In simple te... (read more)

Author: Smith Lara

25. Glass Sealants for Your Car
November 12, 2018


Cars nowadays are fitted with all sorts of different technology. If you want your car to work properly then you should have a proper understanding of all its bells and whistles. For instance, the glass windshields of cars are coated with a sealant to repel water from its surface. Moreover, it also helps in preventing etching of the glass surface by containments too. However, most people don’t know about it and have no idea that checking your glass sealants is an important task. Here is how you can remedy that. What to Look For In order to ensure that the glass sealants are performing ... (read more)

Author: Smith Lara



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