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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. In While You're Out: Waitrose Tests ‘In-Home' Delivery
December 12, 2018


The delivery industry is one of the fastest evolving in the world. It's in a state of constant change, with new technologies being developed faster than anyone can keep up with. In this industry, change is more often than not a good thing. What's important for logistics managers is keeping up with that technology, and knowing if and how it's likely to affect their businesses. For delivery companies that transport courier loads on a daily basis, learning about a new initiative being trialled by supermarket giant Waitrose,may have you wondering if this is the next step for you. Waitrose Pl... (read more)

Author: Laura Jeeves

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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

22. 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

23. 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

24. 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

25. 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



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