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Changes to the Highway Code coming soon for Motorways and High Speed Roads

Following the input from thousands of drivers, Highway England has drafted an updated guidance for The Highway Code with Drivers and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to help road users better understand how motorways and high speed roads operate.

The consultation was held between 1 March 2021 and 29 March 2021. The consultation offered stakeholder organisations, businesses and the public the opportunity to comment on proposed amendments to 33 existing rules, two new rules and six proposed changes to the additional information and annexes within The Highway Code. There was overwhelming support for the proposed changes.

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The consultation was regarding proposed updates to rules within The Highway Code with the aim of improving safety for users of smart motorways and other high-speed roads through the provision of improved guidance. The proposed amendments to The Highway Code included new and additional guidance on:

  • The availability, appearance and safe use of emergency areas
  • The use of variable speed limits to manage congestion
  • The use of the red ‘X’ sign to close lanes in order to provide a safer area for those involved in traffic incidents and in which road works can be undertaken
  • The use of hard shoulders that become extra lanes during periods of congestion
  • How road users can help keep themselves safe in the event of a breakdown
  • How safety cameras are employed to promote compliance with speed limits and lane closures

The amendments also proposed improved guidance in other areas that are contributing to incidents on motorways and other high-speed roads including:

  • Driver fatique
  • Unroadworthy vehicles
  • Unsafe Towing
  • Tailgating

In accordance with section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, the revised version of The Highway Code will be laid before both Houses of Parliament for a period of 40 days. If Parliament agrees to the proposed changes, Highway England will then work with the DVSA and The Stationery Office (TSO) to update The Highway Code online during Autumn 2021 and to produce a new printed edition in early 2022. Publication of the updated Highway Code will be publicised by the DVSA and Highways England

As part of the overall safety campaign, the National Highways are currently running a  safety campaign giving advice to the driver in an event of a vehicle breakdown on a motorway called “Go Left”.  National Highways are setting out what drivers should do if they encounter problems with their vehicle, which is basically “go left”. The campaign is being supported by partners across the recovery industry.

If your vehicle has a problem, or you get into trouble on a motorway, stay calm and try to exit at the next junction or motorway service area. If that’s not possible:

  • Put your left indicators on.
  • Move into the left lane.
  • Enter the next emergency area, or hard shoulder.
  • Put your hazard lights on.
  • Get behind a safety barrier where there is one - keep well away from moving traffic.
  • Call National Highways on 0300 123 5000, then a breakdown provider for help.

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Drivers Beware of the Expanded ULEZ in London

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From 25th October 2021, the existing Central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will expand from the current Congestion charge area to a larger zone up to but not including the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). Basically, if you drive on A406 and A205, the ULEZ is not applicable but if you drive inside towards London from either of these roads, then the ULEZ is applicable.

Unfortunately, Drivers on Demand is located just inside the A406 and hence the ULEZ is applicable. This affects some of our staff and customers visiting our offices driving certain vehicles. The aim of the expanded ULEZ is to reduce air pollution. Although we agree with its overall aim, it becomes very expensive to drive in London. The ULEZ charge for cars is £12.50 per day and if you drive past midnight, then you will have to pay for two days and is applicable 365 days a year. If you are driving in the Congestion charge area, then you have to pay additional £15.

Road signs at every entry point along the boundary will indicate the start of the ULEZ. The zone is policed by number-plate recognition cameras that detect vehicles as they enter and exit the zone. Each vehicle is checked against a database to see whether it is emissions standards-compliant.

Which Cars are Affected

ULEZ is based on the declared emissions from the manufacturer of the vehicle rather than the age. However,

  • Petrol cars that are registered with the DVLA from 2006 meet the ULEZ standards (Euro 4 Emission Standard)
  • Diesel cars registered with DVLA after September 2015 meet the ULEZ standards (Euro 6 Emission Standard)

Some older less polluting cars are also exempt. You can check if your vehicle is exempt by entering the number plate at the tfl.gov website

Other Vehicles

Depending on weight limits. vans, utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, ambulances, motor caravans and mini buses (greater than 8 seats and up to a weight limit of 5 tonnes) generally follow the same rules as cars, including emission standards and costs £12.50 to drive in the ULEZ.

Buses, Lorries and other larger vehicles costs £100 per day to drive in ULEZ and the minimum emission standard is Euro 4. Generally those registered with DVLA after 2014 should be compliant.

Motorcycles and mopeds drivers  also pay the £12.50 per day and the minimum emissions stadard is Euro3 - those registeres with DVLA after July 2007 should be complaint.

There are a few instances where you can get discounts or exemptions to drive through the ULEZ but this is currently closed to new applicants.

Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford are other cities who have introduced Clean Air Zones or are in process of setting one up.

The LEZ started in Sweden in 1996 and other countries followed including Germany, the Netherlands and Italy. Drivers going through Europe should visit the urban access regulations website for comprehensive information on European LEZs.

Ignoring the ULEZ regulations in London will result in a penalty of £160, reduced to £80 if you pay within 14 days. The penalty charge varies across Europe, for example in Milan and Cologne the penalty is 80€ while in Paris it is up to 135€ and as much as 250€ in Amsterdam.

Ruth Wallace of Drivers on Demand says that “although we agree with the need to reduce air pollution, the introduction of the larger ULEZ has come at a very inopportune time. We are still suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a shortage of drivers, car manufacturers are halting production due to chip shortages and used car prices have gone up by as much as 40% making it difficult for our staff to replace older cars. A one year delay in introducing the expanded ULEZ would have been beneficial for most business as has happened in other cities like Manchester”

We advise the drivers to check if they are compliant to ULEZ regulation before driving inside North (A406) and South Circular (A205) roads.

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Drivers on Demand could alleviate some of your Driver Shortages

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At the moment LGV/HGV lorry drivers are in the news almost every day as shortage of drivers is impacting businesses. Some of the headlines you may have read are:

  • McDonald’s runs out of milkshakes due to supply chain issues
  • Nando’s restaurants close as they run out of chicken
  • German confectionery giant Haribo has said it is struggling to deliver its sweets to shops in the UK because of a shortage of lorry drivers.
  • Tesco and Iceland bosses warn over Christmas supplies
  • Co-operative Group warned that current food shortages were "at a worse level than at any time”

There is estimated to be a shortage of over 100,000 drivers. There are a number of reasons for the shortage of drivers including Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit. It is estimated that about 30,000 HGV driving tests did not take place last year because of the pandemic. Even before the pandemic there was a shortage of 60,000 drivers.

The Government has introduced and is considering a number of initiatives with the aim of solving the HGV driver shortage issue. These include:

  • Temporarily the number of hours the LGV/HGV drivers can drive is increased to 10 hours a day, twice a week with a maximum of 56 hours per week. This initiative ends at 11:59 pm on 8 August 2021
  • A £3000 incentive payment is available to firms hiring apprentices up to 30th September 2021
  • The LGV/HGV driver apprenticeship is being offered from 2nd August 2021, which provides funding of £7000
  • Increasing the number of LGV/HGV driving tests. Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has already ramped up testing from 1150 pre-Covid passes a week to 1500 a week
  • Department of Transport (DfT) is consulting on simplifying LGV/HGV driving tests so that those with provincial licences can move directly to an articulated lorry test without the need to pass a rigid lorry test. This will increase the LGV/HGV pass rate up to 2000 per week.
  • The government is considering improvements to driver working conditions like overhauling lorry parking sites to encourage former lorry drivers back

Ruth Wallace of Drivers on Demand says that “with increased paperwork for European journeys, the pandemic, Brexit and driver shortages, these are the toughest conditions she has ever seen in the logistics industry”.

However, Drivers on Demand based in Park Royal, London has been supplying lorry drivers for over 30 years. We can help alleviate your driver shortages and can even supply permanent drivers. Talk to one of our consultants about your driver requirements and we will work hard to meet your needs.

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The Importance of Securing the Load AdequatelySecuring Loads Adequately - Drivers on Demand blog

A couple years ago we were returning from holiday in Scotland when we had a narrow escape from a falling object from a 7.5 tonne lorry. We were on A1 and were approaching the traffic lights. The road had a slight slope. We were some 50 meters behind. There was no other traffic around. As the lorry braked to stop at the red lights, the rear doors opened and a hand pallet truck fell off. Luckily it rolled down, hit the kerb and stopped. We were far enough behind to avoid it. The driver did not even notice it. One of my friends ran and told the driver while he was he was still waiting at the traffic lights. Obviously the lorry doors and the hand pallet truck were not secured properly. Imagine what would have happened if the lorry was on a busy motorway when the incident happened. This leads us to the topic of this blog, which is securing your load to avoid accidents and damage to goods.

Here are some worrying statistics from DVSA(Driver Vehicle Standards Agency) and HSE(Health and Safet Executive):

  • DVSA enforcement teams prohibited nearly 1000 vehicles in England for unsecure loads in 2018/19
  • 22,000 road accidents were due to falling objects in England in 2013
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that workplace transport accounts for over half of all death or injury incidents reported. This includes incidents while loading and unloading. Clearly a risk not worth taking.

DVSA enforcement teams are looking for:

  • Loads that can slide forward or backward
  • Loads that can slide sideways
  • Loads that can topple or fall over as they are unstable
  • Any loose items that can fall.

DVSA advices that all drivers examine their loads for the above issues before commencing their journey. If the DVSA examiner find the vehicle is not safe to carry on its journey, a prohibition notice will be issued and a fixed penalty ticket to the driver. The vehicle cannot be moved until it is made safe.

Load the vehicle properly

The load should be stacked against the headboard to stop it moving during braking. The centre of gravity should be as low as possible to make it stable without lashings to reduce the risk of falling during unloading. If the load is not stable on its own, put it in a box, stillage or transport frame. If you cannot place the cargo against the headboard, place pallets or wood in front of the load. It should not be able to move forward in transit. Secure it with extra lashings, sails or blocking

Headboard is a key part in securing the load. If the headboard is damaged, fix it as soon as possible.

Choose the right securing method

Whatever method you choose, the load restraint system needs to secure the load to the vehicle chassis and prevent movement. Not all loads or vehicles are the same. Choose a securing system that stops the load moving without creating other risks - like unnecessary manual handling and working at height. Webbing straps or chains are often used to secure loads, but they are not right for every situation. For example fragile or live loads need different securing methods to prevent damage.

Remember that the forces on the load while moving are higher than when stationary. Hence your securing method should cater for it.

Communication is important

Drivers must report any incident that occurs, such as movement of loads, during transit to stop it happening again. Lessons must be learned so that the situation does not escalate into a major incident.

Give drivers clear information about:

  • the loads they carry
  • how to unload
  • what they should do if the load shifts
  • a loading plan

This is particularly important if the driver has not loaded their vehicle or trailer. It’s useful for everyone involved if a loading plan is provided. The loading plan provides information on what the load is, how much it weighs and how it has been secured.

If possible, involve drivers in the loading process. If this is not possible, then drivers should be given information on how the load is secured. If the drivers are unhappy with how the load is secured, it should be assessed by a competent person and if necessary, reloaded or re-secured.

Delivering loads securely and safely is the aim of every driver. To accomplish it, ensure that your vehicle is loaded safely and with adequate means of securing it.

To highlight the issues of securing loads, DVSA created a video which is worth watching. Click on the link below to view it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjeBg4SABZw

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Everyday challenges facing HGV/LGV Drivers - Low BridgeThe Everyday Challenges Facing LGV/HGV Drivers

Day to day, LGV/HGV drivers face major challenges. Even if the route is the one you have driven through many times, challenging situations may arise and you need to be vigilant. For example, if there are road works or an accident on your route and the traffic is being diverted. The diverted route may cause many challenges. If you are on the motorway and are being diverted to side roads or country lanes and you may have to travel through villages, towns and cities that you are not familiar with. In these circumstances, let’s look at the challenges a LGV/HGV driver may face.

Some of the issues to consider may be:

  • Is the diverted route suitable or your vehicle. Are there any low/narrow bridges?
  • The extra time the diverted route might take
  • Will your client or clients be open when you reach them?
  • Are the goods you are transporting time or temperature dependant?
  • What are the weather conditions? Minor roads may not be gritted
  • Will you need a rest break and if so when and where will you take it?
  •  Will you need to refuel? If so where will you refuel?
  • The safety of the workmen if there are roadworks
  • What time will you get back?
  • Are you travelling through Low Emission Zone?
  • Some roads and bridges have weight limits? Do you know the weight of your lorry when loaded and when empty?

The transport manager may already know of the roads works on your journey and may have adviced you but may not be aware of the accidents on the route. If you are on a diverted route, it may be wise to stop at the first appropriate site and re-evaluate your journey. You may plan your journey using LGV/HGV-specific road atlas or other apps. Although SAT Nav is useful, it will not help you plan your journey as it will not cater for low bridges or inappropriate roads for LGV/HGV drivers. There are apps available which are dedicated for LGV/HGV drivers like Webfleet , Co-Pilot and many others. We do not recommend or endorse any particular device. Please review your requirements and investigate which device meets them. A suitable navigation tool will help plan the new diverted route for you. Getting to your destination in the safe and quickest time possible will save you money and keep your customers satisfied.

Inform your office or transport manager and your clients as well. The other important factor to consider is the time the diverted route will take. By law and for Health and safety reasons, you need to take a break of at least 45 minutes after driving for 4.5 hours. The diverted route usually takes longer and hence you may need to consider where you are going to stop for a break. You may not know where you can stop on a diverted route. Again there are apps available to help you find the appropriate place to stop.

Another major hazard on a route new to you is the low bridges, often going under railway lines. Figures from Network Rail reveal approximately 1800 bridge strikes per year in UK, costing the tax payer £23 million a year. Research shows that 43% of lorry drivers admit to not measuring the vehicle height while more than 52% report not taking low bridges into account. Striking a low bridge would endanger lives and cause massive disruption to the road and rail network. Therefore all drivers should know their vehicle height when loaded and unloaded. Always err on the side of caution when approaching a low bridge. For more information, read Drivers ON Demand blog entitled “Low Bridge Strikes by Vehicles at Unacceptable Levels

Another issue which is very easy to overlook is the Highway Code. On the diverted route, the LGV/HGV driver may encounter signs that are usually not on the normal route. It is important that any driver, no matter what vehicle they drive is aware of Highway Code.

Planning the best route will save time and money and will keep your customer happy and is good for future business prospects. There are so many tools available for the HGV/LGV drivers and training and keeping up to date is vital.

Useful Links

Best Truck Sat Nav 2021 – UK Buyer’s Guide 

HGV Route Planner Apps – Comparing the Best 10 Apps 

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The relevance of the new IR35 rules applicable to Transport sector and Drivers

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IR35 is a set of tax legislation designed to combat tax avoidance by workers and clients employed via an intermediary or an agent, also known as off-payroll working. The question to ask is, “if the intermediary did not exist, would the worker be classed as an employee”. If the answer is “Yes”, then the worker must be classified as an employee rather than a contractor.

The benefit to the client of hiring a contractor includes not having to pay National Insurance (NI) contributions, income tax, pensions, holiday and sick pay and hence it is a huge saving on the cost of employment to the end client. However, the contractor maybe on the PAYE scheme of the intermediary.  If the contractor is self-employed, payment is made without deducting NI contributions and income tax and this could be beneficial as some of the costs can be off-set as tax is paid on profit only. However, a self-employed person loses out on sick, holiday and maternity pay and also does not have employment security and only gets paid for the work they do, as has been the case over the past year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

IR35 name comes from the Inland Revenue (now HMRC) press release number which originally publicised the new tax laws.

The IR35 rules apply only to medium and large companies that meet any two of the following three conditions:

  • Turnover greater than £10.2m
  • Balance sheet total greater than £5.1m
  • 50+ employees.

The new IR35 rules which are applicable from 6th April 2021 require the end client to determine the employment status of every worker instead of the contractor. The end client needs to provide a Status Determination Statement (SDS) to the worker or the organisation with which the contract is held. The SDS decides who is responsible for paying income tax.

The law requires the Transport Manager(TM) to have a “genuine link” to the company, either as a licence holder, partner, director or an employee. The Traffic Commissioner (TC) will look for the genuine link evidence and if satisfied, will class a person as an employee and not self-employed.

The law allows for an appointment of external TM who is under contract. Statutory Guidance Document 3 (SD3) says that an external TM must be directly contracted and not through an intermediary and hence is genuinely self-employed. However, SD3 directs that no external transport manager is responsible for more than 50 vehicles, across no more than four operators. If the company operates 50 vehicles, then the external transport manager can only work for that one company.

The employment of drivers is another area where self-employment status may be relevant. According to HMRC, self-employment is unlikely to be demonstrated unless the driver is an owner-driver with their own operators’ licence.

Agency drivers do not meet the self-employment criteria and are employed by the agency. Driver classified as self-employed should have a degree of autonomy in their work schedule, be able to send a replacement driver if they are unavailable, and accept financial risk. Owner-drivers with their own O-Licence may be considered as genuinely self-employed. However, if they work solely for one client over a long period of time, it may be viewed by HMRC as disguised employment and may incur possible penalties for both parties.

Employers can use Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool from HMRC to check the tax status of its workers.

Drivers on Demand’s drivers are all employees on the PAYE under full employment contract.

Click on this link for further information on IR35

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What is the difference between Haulage and Freight

Haulage and Freight are often misused and the words are often interchanged. Haulage is often thought of as transport of goods by road or rail while freight is considered as transport of goods by air or sea but this is not strictly true.

Haulage is defined in the dictionary as the “business of transporting goods by road or railway” The word has English origins and is derived from Haul (or Hall in old English) – ‘pull or draw forcibly. In the old days it was mainly done by a horse or donkey but now we have motorised transport by road or rail. Haulage is mainly used for transport of goods within a country.

Freight is defined in the dictionary as “goods, but not passengers, that are carried from one place to another, by shipaircrafttrain, or truck. Freight has a broader meaning encompassing all forms of transport of goods. Freight has European origins:  fraught (Dutch),  vracht (German), fragt (Danish), frakt (Swedish), frete (Portugese), flete (Spanish)  and fret (French). They all mean “transporting of goods (and in some cases passengers) by water," Obviously in UK, the word freight has grown to mean transport of goods by ship, aircraft, train or truck. Freight is mainly used for deliveries of goods overseas and across different countries.

Both haulage and freight are used as a noun and verb.

Types of Haulage

Large number of companies specialise in movement of goods from its source (factories, farms, etc.) to where it is needed from supermarkets, warehouses, car showrooms to waste dumps. The main types of haulage are:

  • General Haulage – Generally transport of goods from various sectors like agriculture, healthcare, industries, and others.
  • Heavy Haulage - used for transporting large and heavy objects. Used mainly in construction industries. It can also include transport of agricultural machinery, cranes, construction equipment, and vehicles.
  • Hazardous Haulage - movement of hazardous materials substances such as toxic gas, explosives, chemicals, fertilizers, radioactive substances, and flammable liquids.
  • Waste Disposal – used to transport a large amount of waste and recyclable materials.
  • Vehicle Haulage - used in transporting vehicles like cars, buses, and motorcycles.
  • Parcel Delivery - used in the mass delivery of parcels across the country.
  • Fragile Load Haulage – used in in moving fragile goods like glass and digital display screens
  • Abnormal Load Haulage - used in transporting unusually large loads like cranes, wind turbines, bridge sections, and oversized machinery..

Types of Freight

Freight can be categorized into three types depending on the mode of transportation. They are air freight, shipments, and land freight. Depending on the size and the type of goods being transported, freight can further be classified into:

  • Less than Truckload is most popular form of freight because it is an extremely cost-effective. It allows businesses to combine their freight with those of other businesses, so that they do not have to pay for the cost of using the entire truckload.
  • Full Truckload - Uses the entire space available in the truck to carry the freight. This type of freight shipping works best for big loads and packages that require more space or additional conditions, as well as packages that need to arrive at their destination sooner, as you do not make many drops.
  • Intermodal Rail - a cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly solution for shipping bulk construction or hazardous materials. Compared to shipping by truck, shipping by rail can save you both time and money.
  • Air Freight - The fastest option is using air freight. Ideal for smaller packages. This is the most expensive form of goods transportation and it is best for urgent and perishable products.
  • Ocean Freight - most cost-effective mode for shipping freight around the globe. It offers options to ship by full container load or less than container load.

In UK haulage, nearly 80% of the goods are transported by road. See charts below.

Domestic Transport of GoodsDomestic UK Freight Moved by Commodity in 2019

Although freight and haulage are often interchanged, it generally does not lead to any confusion and therefore should not be of great concern to most people.

For more information on UK Freight and Haulage, click on the links below:

Understanding the UK Freight Transport System 

Road Haulage Association 

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Logistics Industry Needs the Next Generation of HGV/LGV Lorry Drivers

HGV/LGV Driver TrainingThe effect of Covid-19 has resulted in a disproportional number of young being made redundant. The unemployment rate in 16-24 year old age group currently stands at 14.2% and is predicted to rise further.

However one sector where there is a massive shortage is the HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle)/LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) lorry drivers in the logistics sector. Some estimate that there is a shortage of lorry drivers of up to 76,000 in UK. This is an ideal time for young people to look into a career in HGV/LGV lorry driving. This sector is often overlooked but could provide a lucrative and rewarding career.

In this blog, we look at some of the requirements and how you go about becoming a lorry driver.

What are the requirements to becoming a lorry driver?

You need to be at least 18 years old and hold a full car driving licence. You need to be in a good medical health. There will be a medical examination prior to you becoming a lorry driver. As with all driving tests, you need to have good eyesight which could be with your spectacles.

Job Prospects

As mentioned, there is a huge shortage of HGV/LGV drivers in UK and hence your job prospects are very good once you are qualified. These days there is no such thing as job for life, but a career as a lorry driver could be as good as a job for life. There are plenty of opportunities to progress as well. You could start at entry level and work up to senior driver or transport team leader (supervisor), transport manager, or even become owner operator.

Job Environment

As a lorry driver you will work from depots, distribution centres, ports and warehouses, carrying goods all over the UK and possibly throughout Europe and hence a love of travelling would help. Your duties may include: 

  • Planning delivery schedules and routes
  • Supervising and/or helping to load and unload goods
  • Making sure loads are safely secured
  • Following traffic reports and changing your route if necessary
  • Completing delivery paperwork and log books
  • You may also have to deal with basic maintenance, like oil, tyre and brake checks before and after journeys.

You will often be working on your own and will need to be self-motivated, have a lot of patience and be extremely safety oriented.

Working Hours

The HGV/LGV lorry driver job is generally not a 9-5 job. You might prefer to work weekends, work through nights or have a different working pattern (four days working three days off, for example). The hours you drive are strictly controlled for Health and Safety reasons. Nine hours is the daily driving limit but you can increase it to ten hours twice a week. After a period of no more than 4.5 hours of driving you must immediately take a break of at least 45 minutes. The driving period can be continuous, or made up of shorter periods totalling 4.5 hours.

You can agree flexible working hours with your employer.

Salary

A newly qualified HGV driver can expect to earn a salary of over £20,000 whilst those more experienced can earn about £35,000 – that’s without bonuses and other rewards.

Types of Lorry Driver Licence Available

The types of HGV/LGV lorry you can drive depend on which class of driving licence you hold. These are:

  • Class 1/ Cat C+E – allows you to drive a vehicle with a detachable trailer (more commonly known as articulated lorry) over 7.5 tonnes.
  • Class 2/Cat C – allows you to drive a vehicle over 7.5 tonnes that has a rigid base and fixed cab.
  • Cat C1 – allows you drive a vehicle between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes
  • Cat C1+E – allows you to drive a vehicle as in category C1 with the additional allowance to tow a trailer behind the vehicle too
  • Cat D – allows you to drive a bus/coach or vehicle designed to carry passengers

Where can you get a HGV/LGV Lorry Licence?

We advise that you go to a reputable company specialising in training to get your licence. Avoid brokers and agents as they do not train you but pass you on to another company who does. It is often cheaper to go direct and cut out the middle man. Sometimes brokers/agents offer you deals which seem attractive but you always end up paying more. Our sister company, Wallace School of Transport specialises in HGV/LGV lorry driver training and has over 50 years of experience in this sector. Once qualified “Drivers On Demand” can help you get a job.

If you want to train and obtain a HGV/LGV lorry licence contact Wallace School of Transport on 0208 453 3440

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Mitigating Risks of Workplace Transport Accidents

Mitigating the Risk of Workplace Transport Accidents - Drivers on Demand BlogEvery year about 5000 work transport accidents occur in the workplace, which results in about 50 fatalities. Employers have a legal duty to ensure that the health and safety of their employees, contractors and general public are not put at risk. The main causes of the injuries are people falling off vehicles and being struck or crushed by them.

There are three key areas to consider when carrying out your risk assessment. These are:

  • Safe Site (design & activity)
  • Safe Vehicle
  • Safe Driver

Safe Site (design & activity)

Every site is different and is likely to present different hazards and risks. However, if you take the following steps, you will minimise the risk of accidents;

  • Make sure the road is wide enough for the safe movement of the largest vehicle.
  • Ensure surfaces are suitable for the vehicles and pedestrians using them, for example firm, even and properly drained. Outdoor traffic routes should be similar to those required for public roads.
  • Avoid steep slopes.
  • Keep routes clear of obstructions.
  • Make sure they are clearly marked and signposted.
  • Avoid sharp corners and blind bends
  • Suitable segregation of vehicles and people, like separate pedestrian and traffic routes.
  • If segregation is not possible, you need to clearly mark pedestrian and traffic routes using measures such as barriers and signs
  • One way system will reduce the need for drivers to reverse. About a quarter of all workplace transport accidents occur when vehicles are reversing
  • There should be a separate entrances and exits for vehicles and pedestrians
  • Where pedestrians and traffic routes cross, they should be clearly marked using measures such as kerbs, barriers, deterrent paving, etc. to help direct pedestrians to the appropriate crossing points.
  • Signs for drivers and pedestrians in a workplace should be the same as those used on public roads. Where driving is likely to be carried out in the dark, illuminated or reflective signs should be used. White road markings should be used to regulate traffic flow, and yellow markings should be used for parking.
  • Keep roads properly maintained
  • Visibility should be good enough for drivers to see hazards, and pedestrians to see vehicles. Adequate visibility for drivers is related to vehicle speed and the distance needed to stop or change direction safely. Consider having mirrors where sharp or blind bends cannot be avoided. Every workplace should have suitable and sufficient lighting, particularly in areas where vehicles manoeuvre, or pedestrians and vehicles circulate and cross, and also loading and unloading areas.
  • Reducing vehicle speed is an important part of workplace transport safety. Fixed traffic control measures such as speed humps, chicanes and ‘rumble strips’ can reduce vehicle speed. Speed limits can also be used, but they need to be appropriate, properly enforced and, where possible, consistent across the site. To assess an appropriate speed limit, consider the route layout and its usage. For example, lower speeds will be appropriate where pedestrians are present or where lift trucks and road-going vehicles share a traffic route.
  • Parking areas should be clearly indicated and there should be separate parking areas for commercial and private vehicles. There should also be designated areas where commercial vehicles can be loaded and unloaded.

Safe vehicle

 Vehicles used in the workplace should be suitable for the purpose for which they are used. You should carefully consider the working environment in which a specific vehicle will be used and the suitability of that vehicle for the people using it. Other risk assessment issues to consider are:

  • Some workplace vehicles like forklift trucks may be fitted with rotating beacons and reversing alarms and conspicuous painting and marking to make it stand out to pedestrians.
  • Drivers should be able to see clearly around their vehicle, so consider measures such as CCTV and special mirrors where visibility is restricted.
  • Vehicles should be designed so that, wherever possible, those who use them can do their work from the ground. Where people have to work at height on vehicles, suitable means of safe access onto and around vehicles should be provided.
  • Vehicles should be maintained in good working order so they remain mechanically sound, and any devices, such as flashing beacons, function properly.
  • Drivers should be provided with a list of the daily checks to be signed off at the start of each shift. This should be monitored to ensure the checks are carried out properly.

Safe driver

Drivers should be competent to operate a vehicle safely and receive appropriate information, instruction and training for the vehicle they use. Other risk assessment issues to consider are:

  • It is particularly important that younger or less experienced drivers are closely monitored following their training to ensure they work safely.
  • Training requirements will depend on an individual’s experience and the training they have previously received. Your risk assessment should help decide the level and amount of training a person requires.
  • You should keep a training record for each driver. This will help to ensure the most appropriate person is allocated a particular task and identify those requiring refresher training.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. You will find more information by clicking on the following links:

 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg199.pdf

https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg136.pdf

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Lorry Drivers Require Negative COVID-19 Test Before Entering France

Truck and van drivers travelling to France require a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours before arrival in France. To cater for this, 34 Department of Transport haulier information advice sites offering COVID-19 tests are now operational for international lorry and van drivers.

Drivers with a valid test will be able to use “fast track” access for Eurotunnel and Dover Port. Drivers entering Kent without a COVID-19 test can have it done at Ashford Sevington on M20 - Junction 8 for Channel Tunnel and Manston Airport for Dover (Postcode for entry to Manston site is CT12 5FF). However, this may cause severe delays and hence get tested before entering Kent  by using one of the sites listed below. It is not possible to enter France without a valid negative test.

Lorry Driver getting instructionsAdditionally, from 1 January 2021, HGV drivers must have a Kent Access Permit (KAP) to travel through Kent to the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel and on to the European Union (EU). The permit helps manage traffic by confirming drivers have the right documents for EU import controls.

Department of Transport information advice sites offering COVID-19 tests are located at the following key services and locations:

The above Covid testing times were correct at the time of publishing this blog, However, check this at the Gov.uk site before setting off on your journey.

Other than the COVID-19 tests, the advice sites also offer drivers:

  • Information about the rules and documents needed to move goods between the UK and EU
  • complete free border readiness check to ensure they have the correct documentation to cross the EU border
  • help using the Check an HGV is ready to cross the border service

Drivers on Demand advices that you carry all the necessary paperwork and allow extra time to ensure that you do not get caught out by the 72 hour COVID-19 negative test result rule prior to entering France.

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Drivers with Truck Mounted Forklift operating skills in Demand

You may have seen Heavy Goods Vehicles carrying a bit of equipment hooked on the back of their truck and wondered what it is. These are Truck Mounted Forklifts (TMFL) that are carried around at the rear of the lorry and accompany the driver with their vehicle to where-ever the goods are to be delivered.  On reaching the destination the machine is right there at the place it needs to be and the driver who also operate the forklift, can simply off-load the goods from the HGV, then securely re-hook the machine back on to the vehicle and drive away to their next delivery point.

Truck Mounted Forklift - Drivers on Demand

In 1986 Cecil Moffett invented the Moffett Mounty truck mounted forklift in Ireland. This was a new concept allowing a relatively light weight forklift to piggyback on the rear of a lorry or trailer combination without taking up load space. The machine is built around the counterbalance principle, but the wheels are moved forward under the load, meaning the fulcrum point is further forward reducing the need for such a heavy counterweight.

Other manufacturer’s now also offer similar machines. However, developments and innovations with Moffett Mounty (now known as simply “Moffett”) continue and have revolutionised the haulage industry and are indispensable in modern transport load-handling situations.TMFL provide greater freedom of movement and reduce the overall costs of making deliveries. Compared to more conventional forklifts, TMFL are lighter, more agile and can be used in places where accessibility is difficult (including off-road for example at construction sites). With TMFL, drivers can unload cargo without waiting for assistance and faster turnaround means increasing productivity and substantially reducing transportation and handling costs and assisting with better logistics and increased profitability.

TMFL can be dismounted and be ready for work in as little as a minute and using them is easy as they are highly operator friendly, and they eliminate manual handling as the load can be precisely and safely positioned by the operator in almost any location.

Drivers with TMFL often earn more because their qualifications and skills increase productivity for their employer who can reward them accordingly.

TMFL’s safety and longevity, high level of operator comfort and optimum manoeuvrability means they are ideal for multiple industries including:

  • transport and beverage logistics,
  • recycling material applications,
  • technical and medical gases,
  • agriculture and the live events sector,
  • builder and timber merchants - delivering building materials, plasterboard, insulation & wood.
  • distributors of pet food, bird seed & agricultural feed,
  • drinks and beverage wholesalers,
  • many types of palletised distribution are perfect for on-off deliveries like lawn turf.

Drivers on Demand has seen an increase in enquires for both permanent and temporary drivers with TMFL/Moffett experience during the Covid-19 pandemic as companies look for replacement of employees who are unwell or are self isolating. If you need a driver with TMFL/Moffett operating skills or would like to get a Truck-Mounted Forklift qualification, or if you’ve got the qualification and are looking for work we can help. Call Wallace School of Transport – 0208 453 3440 ask for Russell

Drivers on Demand’s sister company Wallace School of Transport offers forklift training on all types of forklifts including TMFL/Moffett. If you are a driver and would like to enhance your skills and job prospects call Wallace Forklift Training for free on 0800 612 8948, choose option 3 or click here to email us.

Wallace School of Transport has over 50 years of experience in LGV/HGV, bus and coach driver training with the aim to get appropriate licence. There is still a shortage of HGV/LGV drivers in UK. With the unemployment rising, if you want to train to be a lorry or bus/coach driver, call us on 020 8453 3440.

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February 2020 - DoD Driver Secures Full Time Position

Drivers on Demand (DoD) would like to congratulate Craig Goldsbury for securing a full time position as Warehouse Operative and Wholesale Driver. Craig was registered with Drivers on Demand since October 2019.

Craig is originally from New Zealand and during his short stay with Drivers on Demand proved to be very reliable, hardworking, honest and trustworthy. Craig has a category B driver’s licence. For category B licence, if you passed your test before 1st January 1997, you are allowed to drive a vehicle and a trailer combination of up to 8.25 tonnes, maximum authorised mass (MAM) and a minibus with a trailer over 0.75 tonne. If you passed your test after 1st January 1997, you can drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonne MAM and up to 8 passenger seats with a trailer up to 0.75 tonne.

3.5 Tonne Van - need category B licence to drive it

3.5 Tonne Van – Need Category B Licence to drive it

The company Craig will be working for is a Drivers on Demand customer and specialises in distribution of sports nutrition vending services to gyms, universities and leisure centres across UK. It was established in 2012 and has seen a rapid expansion in UK. It offers a complete service including delivery, installation, maintenance, fully managed and self-fill vending machine packages to suit all their customers’ needs.

Drivers on Demand wish Craig Goldsbury a long and successful career.

If you are looking to train as an HGV/LGV, Bus and Coach, Hiab, Forklift or B+E van driver, contact our sister company Wallace School of Transport. Wallace has over 50 years of experience in driver training and you will be booking direct with the training provider and thus save money.

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