Changes to the Highway Code that Impact HGV Drivers and Hauliers

On the 19th of January 2022 changes were made to the Highway Code which affect HGV drivers.  The new rules affect how HGV drivers are required to behave when on the road, and also affect how drivers are penalised if an accident should occur. All haulage operators and drivers need to ensure they are familiar…

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Changes To International Freight Licences – Everything You Need To Know

The UK government has announced some major changes to international freight licences which came into effect from the 21st of May 2022.  The new rules relating to international freight will govern how you transport goods to, from, and through Europe using cars, vans, trailers, and heavy goods vehicles.  The rules form part of the UK’s…

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Understanding the Different Classes for ADR – Necessary Training and Impact on Goods Transported

Drivers of vehicles that have specific tanks and tank components, and also drivers of vehicles that carry dangerous goods are required to hold an ADR certificate.  This certificate is a special vocational training certificate that is issued to drivers who require the additional accreditation once they have already completed their HGV training.  The acronym ADR…

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Driving your HGV in the Summer– How to keep cool

As temperatures rise in the UK, it is a sign for the onset of summer.  For many, the summer heat is a welcome change from the rainy spring and cold winter usually experienced.  However, for HGV drivers, the change in weather and rise in temperature can make for some very uncomfortable working conditions. Long-distance driving…

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HGV Breakdown Cover – What do you need to get cover and what should you do if you breakdown during a journey?

HGVs travel many hundreds of miles and often cover long distances. If an HGV breaks down on a road or motorway, this not only impacts the business but also affects other road users. Breakdown cover for HGVs is essential as it means that if your vehicle breaks down during a journey then help is at…

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HGV Insurance – What Information and Documents will you need to Obtain HGV Insurance?

Any haulage firm or fleet operator that operates commercial vehicles that transport heavy goods requires heavy goods vehicle insurance.  Ensuring you have the best possible HGV insurance policy in place (individual vehicle or fleet insurance) not only provides protection for you and your business, but it also protects your employees and other people and vehicles…

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What’s it Like Being a Long-Distance HGV Driver?

With the shortage of HGV drivers being headline news for the last 1-2 years, there is a renewed interest in what it is actually like being an HGV driver and being on the road so frequently.  For many people, they may not have any experience of a job that involves being away for lengths of…

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What are the Rules if you are an HGV Driver?

There are strict rules in place for HGV drivers in the UK.  The rules are applicable for drivers who are operating any vehicle that is over 3.5 tonnes. The Heavy Goods Vehicles Working Time Directives set out the rules relating to HGV driving. The Metropolitan Transport Research Unit found that in 2018 HGVs were more…

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HGV Driver Shortage – Is the Shortfall Diminishing?

There has been a HGV driver shortage in the UK for many years, and the shortages became a much more pressing issue in 2021.  The driver shortage reached a critical point last year when multiple factors including Brexit, the global Covid-19 pandemic, and an ageing HGV workforce collided to create widespread HGV driver shortages. The…

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HGV Driver shortage stabilising, aided by reduction in waiting time for HGV driver tests

The number of HGV drivers in the workforce fell by 49,000 in Q4 2021 according to new analysis of the latest ONS statistics published on the 16th February 2022. Whilst this isn’t at first glance great news for the HGV Driver shortage in the UK, the figures are at least stabilising somewhat. Some positive news…

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