She’s RHA

The contribution of women in haulage is often unseen. Unlike many industries, haulage remains a male-dominated environment. Incredibly, only 8% of the 1.8m people that work in the haulage industry are women and only 1% of HGV drivers are women. Government statistics* show that by 2022, the industry needs to recruit 1.2 million more people.

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Should drivers be allowed to take their weekend break in their cabs?

Should drivers be allowed to take their weekend break in their cabs? Or should the suggestion that it is in breach of the drivers’ hours rules be used to push forward an improvement in roadside accommodation? Commercial Motor asked their operator panel. Moves by countries such as France and Belgium to prevent drivers from taking their

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Lorry drivers snapped eating, reading and using mobile

Lorry drivers have been photographed on England’s roads eating, reading and using a phone while behind the wheel. Four drivers were photographed on the M20 near Ashford in Kent. Two were reading, one was holding cutlery and a food container and another appeared to be steering with his elbows. Road safety campaigners Brake branded the

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New EU unveiling rules due to increase control of sector

New EU unveiling rules due to increase control of sector The European Commission will today unveil its “Mobility Package” with proposals for changes to the regulation of road haulage in Europe. This package of measures will be massive in scope, including driver rest, minimum wage arrangements and operator licensing rules. It will cover: Driving and

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Thousands of drivers caught despite mobile crackdown

More than 200 drivers a day were caught using a mobile at the wheel immediately after tougher penalties for the offence came into effect, figures show. UK police caught almost 6,000 drivers using their devices while driving in the four weeks after 1st March. The numbers were obtained by the Press Association under the Freedom

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‘Crazy’ lorry driver reversing on Stevenage roundabout

A lorry driver who reversed on a roundabout has been described as “crazy” by a former ambulance officer who filmed the incident. The lorry was in heavy traffic in Stevenage at about 18:00 BST on Monday when the driver reversed the vehicle while part-way across the roundabout to use a different exit. The manoeuvre was

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DHL invests in four new collaborative robots

DHL Supply Chain has announced the purchase of four Sawyer robots, the first step of its UKI robotics deployment programme. The robots will be flexibly used across its 19 co-packing and Production Logistics centres nationwide. Sawyer robots are some of the most advanced collaborative robots currently available and can support production and warehouse staff by

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Asos dumps controversial temp agency as Sports Direct row continues

Online fashion retailer ends deal with Transline, the agency embroiled in Sports Direct scandal and now faces insolvency. Controversial employment agency Transline has lost its contract with Asos as it tries to fend off insolvency. The company, which provided temporary workers for the online fashion business’s Barnsley warehouse, filed court papers protecting it from creditors

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East Mersea steam engine crash: Lorry driver jailed for 18 months

A lorry driver has been jailed for 18 months for causing a crash involving a bus and a low-loader carrying a steam engine. Philip Last, 53, of Great Yarmouth, admitted six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in the collision in East Mersea, Essex, in September 2015. In total, 23 people were hurt

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Prison sentence for Polish driver who manipulated tachograph

Polish driver Wojciech Trzeciak has been given a two-month prison sentence and a 12-month driving ban after he used a magnet to interfere with a truck’s tachograph recording equipment. Nottingham Crown Court last week heard that DVSA officers found a magnet had been used to interfere with the electronic information provided to other parts of

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60 second law update: mobile phones

Since 2003 it has been illegal for a driver of any vehicle – including a commercial vehicle – to use a handheld mobile device at the wheel. But from 1 March 2017 the penalties for mobile phone use will double. Drivers will automatically receive six points on their licence instead of three, and the on-the-spot

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Ban lorries from using car sat-navs, say councils

Lorry drivers should be banned from using sat-navs specifically designed for cars, council chiefs have said. The Local Government Association (LGA) wants legislation brought in to make sure lorry drivers in England and Wales use a GPS system suitable for HGVs. It wants councils to have the power to ensure drivers avoid routes where they

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New 24h truck refuelling site opens at Port of Liverpool

Certas Energy has opened its new HGV refuelling site at the Port of Liverpool. Following twelve weeks of construction, the site will now provide diesel, gas oil and AdBlue® for port users. High speed pumps that pump 120 litres of fuel per minute will allow eight vehicles to fill up at the same time. Andrew

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Tougher sanctions for drivers’ hours falsification needed, says RHA

The RHA has called for sanctions for drivers’ hours falsification to be increased, particularly for non-GB drivers, as drivers’ hours breaches continue to top the DVSA’s list of most commonly-committed offences. Vehicle enforcement data published by the DVSA this week showed that some 46% of the 3,271 offences detected during checks of both GB- and

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Severn Crossing tolls to be cut by up to 75%

Fleet operators will benefit from cuts to Severn Crossing tolls, following the return to public ownership, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced. The Government’s proposals would see the prices paid for all vehicles halved, making a significant difference to commuters, travellers, and small businesses in particular, with some drivers seeing savings of more than 75%.

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New trailer lock guards against theft and stowaways

A patented protection system for the cargo compartments of vans and semi-trailers has been launched on the market. Called Trailerlock, the device protects the rear doors of trailers and LCVs to prevent intruders from breaking into vehicles, either while moving or while at rest in parking areas. Trailerlock – which comprises a case, anchoring bolt,

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Drivers lack first aid skills

Many LGV drivers may be lacking crucial first aid and road traffic incident management skills, according to the RTITB. Drivers don’t have the first aid skills they needIt said that data from the Master Driver CPC Consortium, since September 2015 showed that only two per cent of Driver CPC Periodic Training courses delivered included first

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Drivers could be fined for litter lout passengers

Drivers will be fined automatically if litter is thrown from their vehicle, even if a passenger is to blame, according to reports. The Government wants litter thrown from cars to be treated in the same way as speeding, with the registered keeper held responsible unless someone else comes forward to admit the offence. Fines for

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Lorry Drivers to Protest Against “Inhumane” Conditions

Lorry drivers are planning to stage a protest at the port of Liverpool in a row over toilet and catering facilities. The hauliers describe conditions as “inhumane” with a lack of adequate services for drivers at the end of often long journeys. The protest will take place next Friday morning outside the main entrance to

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Learner drivers to have motorway driving lessons

Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways under new plans set out today (December 30, 2016) by transport minister Andrew Jones. Currently, it is only possible to have driving lessons on motorways after the driving test has been passed. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme. Under

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Unite Union Blasts ‘Inadequate’ Facilities For Kent Lorry Drivers

Unite union has criticised the state of facilities for lorry drivers across the UK – highlighting a particular concern for those passing through Kent. In a statement released today, the union called for a statutory, legally-binding code of practice so drivers have adequate parking and eating facilities, decent showers and toilets. Commenting on transport minister

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Drivers urged to take vital sight test this Road Safety Week

With an estimated 2,900[1] road casualties caused by poor vision every year the Optical Confederation (OC) is joining forces with charity Brake to urge drivers to take a sight test this Road Safety Week. From 21 – 27 November the OC is raising awareness of the impact poor vision can have on driving as part

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Police launch week-long nationwide crackdown on mobile phone use at the wheel

Police forces this week are cracking down on mobile phone use by drivers in targeted operations to stop drivers from using handheld phones while driving. Operations include: dedicated patrols by officers using unmarked vans, helmet cams, high-seated vehicles and high vantage points to catch offenders, combined shifts with police officers and paramedics to educate people

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If you’re behind the wheel, leave your phone alone says RHA

Despite the Road Haulage Association’s constant calls for increased deterrents to eradicate the use of hand held mobile phones while driving, it’s still happening as reported in today’s Daily Mail. September’s report from the RAC highlighted the dangers of this practice and we fully support tougher penalties for those using hand-held phones while driving. “This

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Lorry driver jailed over four-death crash

A lorry driver who killed a mother and three children while distracted by his phone has been jailed for 10 years. Tracy Houghton, 45, died instantly along with her sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11, and her partner’s daughter Aimee Goldsmith, also 11, when Tomasz Kroker smashed into stationary traffic. Judge Maura McGowan said his

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Van drivers vote HGV drivers the best in new study

Nearly two-third (60 per cent) of van drivers believe they are made a scapegoat for perceived poor driving standards on UK roads, new research has revealed. According to a study1 by TomTom Telematics, fewer than one in ten van drivers (nine per cent) have been involved in a road traffic collision in the last 12

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Drivers requiring medicals waiting up to 31 weeks for licences

Drivers waiting for HGV licence renewals after taking the DVLA medical check face delays of up to 31 weeks due to a backlog of cases, CM has learnt. Firms are warning that the delays are exacerbating the driver shortage, particularly among drivers over 65 who are required to take a medical each year to retain

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HGV cab catches almost 2,700 dangerous drivers on England’s roads

Irresponsible drivers have been caught breaking the law and endangering lives in a new safety initiative. Over the past 16 months, almost 2,700 drivers have been stopped for unsafe driving by a HGV cab, loaned by Highways England to police forces across England. Footage has now been released, taken by Cheshire Police, of a driver

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Life on the road as a female lorry driver

The haulage industry has a shortage of drivers, so the government is urging companies to encourage more women to get behind the wheel. But what’s life on the road like for a female trucker? “I’ve never been out on a job by myself before,” says Leonie John, as she smoothly pulls her 44-tonne truck out

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Hands-free and hand-held phone use is quite different says RHA

Don’t confuse hands-free with using hand-held mobile phones while driving”, says Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett. Richard-Burnett-web1We welcome the RAC’s new report that highlights the dangers of using hand-held mobile phones while driving and fully support increased penalties for all drivers using hand-held phones while driving and also support calls for improved enforcement

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Repetitive CPC training could ‘threaten future of profession’

DVSA data has shown that LGV drivers are repeating the same driver CPC training topics. RTITB has warned that this could threaten the future of the profession, with drivers missing opportunities for continued development. “It’s a real concern that so many of the course topics that are currently being chosen for Driver CPC are the

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Know the height of your HGV, warns FTA

The FTA has reminded hauliers that drivers must always know the height of their load after an HGV carrying a digger collided with a footbridge over the M20 at the weekend. The motorway was closed for more than 24 hours after the digger hit a bridge on the London-bound carriageway between junctions 4 and 3

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MPs report on driver shortage

The House of Commons transport committee has published its report on skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector, which includes recommendations on how the current driver shortage should be addressed. “For every driver the sector needs there are three people in the UK with a valid LGV licence who could do the work,

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Ladies wanting to take up truck driving on the rise

Over 79% of ladies are keen to get behind the wheel of a lorry, and there is a rise in younger women wanting to take up driving – according to FTA figures. A Twitter poll carried out by the Freight Transport Association, asked ladies if they were willing to drive a 44-tonne truck as less

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Self loading truck to debut at Hanover

A truck that can automatically drive itself into a bay for loading or unloading could save drivers critical time and reduce the risk of accident or injury, claims the manufacturer. The self-loading feature is among a series of autonomous technologies to be found on Knorr-Bremse’s ‘Future Truck’ concept, which will make its debut at next

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Truckers get lifetime protection from speed cameras, getting lost or being late, at no additional cost with TomTom

TomTom has created a bespoke satnav designed for professional truckers that want a companion device to remove worry from the job. The TomTom TRUCKER 6000 Lifetime Edition does exactly that. Truck drivers can get accurate, vehicle-relevant navigation, speed camera alerts, map updates and live traffic analysis – for the lifetime of the device – all

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What lorry drivers can’t see even with mirrors

It’s a question your life could depend on: do you know what a truck driver can’t see from behind the wheel? The answer may come as a bit of a shock to many of the millions of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who have to share roads with HGVs. For lorry drivers have blind spots all

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RHA hails new proposals for lorry driver funding support

An improved funding package for apprentices in the transport sector has been proposed that will open up even more opportunities for smaller firms. From April 2017, lorry driving apprentices will attract government support of up to £4,500, with an additional £2,000 depending on the age of the individual. Importantly, the funding obligation on smaller firms

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How HGV drivers can help save the lives of traffic accident victims

Every day, victims of road traffic accidents die needlessly because individuals immediately at the scene don’t know the basics of first aid. Many deaths occur from little more than a blocked airway, a condition that, with the right training, is relatively easy to treat. Death from a blocked airway occurs in about 4 minutes –

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Northants service stations targeted in haulage crime

Watford Gap and Rothersthorpe motorway services on the M1 have been targeted for haulage crime in the past two weeks, with wine and clothing stolen. RHA and NaVCIS (National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service) are working closely with RoadChef on crime reduction, so please report ALL incidents, however minor, to both staff at the service area

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Lack of healthy snacks is top frustration for lorry drivers

Finding a healthy snack while out on the UK’s road network every day is one of the biggest frustrations facing commercial drivers, according to research by RAC Truck Rescue. Of the 500 UK businesses surveyed, 41% said lorry drivers have reported this as their top roadside gripe. This compares to around one in five (21%)

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FTA poll confirms driver shortage fears

Low wages, inadequate roadside facilities and poor public perception all contribute to the road transport industry’s driver shortage crisis – and a Twitter poll conducted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) confirmed that most parents don’t want their children to become truckers. FTA asked ‘would you encourage your son or daughter to become a truck

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FTA backs call for decent facilities for drivers

“Decent parking facilities providing basic needs for lorry drivers are a must” – says the Freight Transport Association. Reacting to the Transport Focus – ‘Take a break – Road users’ views about roadside facilities’ report – FTA stated that it supports the view that it needs Highways England, local and national Government to work with

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Polish driver sentenced for having firearm

A truck driver has been given a suspended prison sentence after being caught with a stun gun in his cab. Polish driver Krystian Mieloch was stopped as he arrived at King George Dock in Hull on a ferry from Rotterdam on 20 December 2015. Border Force officers conducted a vehicle search and found a dual-purpose

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Death of road worker prompts HSE warning to HGV drivers

HGV drivers are frequently putting lives at risk by not following basic safety procedures when coupling and uncoupling vehicles, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned. The workplace health and safety regulator urged drivers to apply parking brakes and use (or retrofit) warning alarms to avoid a repeat of an incident in January 2015

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Drivers unaware of how dangerous they are on the road

A new report by Hitachi Capital shows nine in 10 drivers consider themselves to be “safer than most” despite 95% of crashes being caused by driver error. Speeding, adjusting the satnav, using handheld mobiles, driving under the influence and being overconfident are just some of the driver habits identified in the report. Two-thirds of respondents

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Drivers face up to 90 minutes of delays in bank holiday traffic

Drivers could face 90 minutes of delays in traffic this bank holiday weekend, according to traffic data firm Inrix. With a high volume of holidaymakers set to take to the UK’s roads and National Rail delivering over 30 engineering projects during the bank holiday weekend, drivers can expect delays of up to 90 minutes on

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Driver Require at Stevenage Job Centre’s Job Fair

Last week Driver Require attended the Jobs Fair at Stevenage Job Centre where, over the course of the day, the team got to meet more than 300 possible candidates for potential driver roles.  It proved a great success and Driver Require look forward to working with the Job Centre again on future Job Fairs.

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Ashford International is voted Britain’s Best Truck Stop

Ashford International Truckstop on Westerbrook Avenue, M20 (TN24 0GB) has been awarded first place in Truckstop News’ hotly contested Truck Stop of the Year 2016 competition. After a frantic battle, seven establishments were shortlisted for the top prize – and over the last few weeks a team of expert judges have been anonymously appraising each

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Truck Parking Europe app now available for TomTom driver terminals

TomTom today announced that it has teamed up with Truck Parking Europe to make its popular app available for TomTom customers. Users of TomTom BRIDGE driver terminals as well as the TomTom PRO 8 series, TomTom’s high-end driver terminal that is fully compatible with TomTom WEBFLEET, will be able to download the app directly onto

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‘Atrocious’ rest facilities putting off women drivers

A transport minister has criticised the state of rest facilities and said women are being put off from driving HGVs for a living because they would have to “relieve themselves behind a bush”. Claire Perry MP said it had been a challenge to recruit and retain drivers following the financial crash and that the cost

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Best or worst driver – which are you?

Truck drivers often bear the brunt of motorists’ complaints but new figures suggest they’re actually the fourth BEST drivers on our roads. The analysis comes from accident claims figures for 2015 from insurer 1st Central, based on the professions of those making claims. Lorry drivers were fourth behind roofers, farm workers and builders. Van drivers

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Student-style loans to assist driver shortage

A student-style driver training loan has been given the green light by the government, the FTA said, after the DfT refused to back a driver training fund for HGV licence acquisition last month (CM 25 February). The association said prospective HGV drivers could soon be able to apply for a loan to help them pay

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Drivers urged to drink more water

Concerns about an increased risk of accidents because drivers are dehydrated has led to the launch of a campaign aimed at hauliers to ensure their workforce drink regularly. It follows a study published last year in a medical journal that found that mild dehydration results in an increase in driving mistakes comparable to being over

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Four out of five HGV drivers would not recommend their job

A survey by Returnloads.net has found that 78 per cent of 400 HGV drivers said they would not recommend their job. Just over 26 per cent of those surveyed believe there is not a driver shortage, while around 24 per cent said they were unsure. The survey also found that 36 per cent of the

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Government refuses funding for HGV licences

The government will not fund HGV licence acquisition as a way of easing the HGV driver shortage in the UK, according to DfT minister Lord Ahmed. The news comes as a blow to the haulage industry, which has been lobbying hard for government funding of HGV driver training as a way of encouraging more drivers

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RHA overturns threat to driver ‘night-out’ tax-free allowances

Overnighting drivers using sleeper cabs still do not have to submit receipts for expenditure to claim a flat ‘night-out’ allowance if this has been agreed with their employer, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has said – following apparent mixed messages from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) regarding the current position. Historically, the RHA has negotiated

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Young adults least likely to become lorry drivers

Young adults are among the least likely to consider a career in lorry driving, HGVtraining.co.uk has said. It found that, based on 2,000 people across the UK, only 21 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds would consider a job as a lorry driver. In contrast, 38 per cent of those aged 25 to

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