Road Haulage News


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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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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Changes to HGV and bus driving licences and tests from 15 November 2021

From the 15th November 2021 the rules relating to driving a HGV, coach or bus changed.  Due to the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK and the impact on supply chains and businesses throughout the country, the government ran a consultation and the result of that were changes to the HGV tests.  The aim…

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Lorry driver shortage means bottleneck of ships at major UK ports

The current shortage of UK lorry drivers is resulting in cargo ships being rerouted from UK ports as they cannot be off-loaded quickly enough, sometimes meaning that that cargo ships are in UK ports such as Felixstowe for as long as seven days waiting to be offloaded. Huge international shipping companies such as Maersk are…

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HGV driver shortage down 17% say ONS stats

ONS publish their latest statistics on the HGV driver shortage which shows a 17% plunge in HGV drivers The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published their latest findings on the shortage of UK HGV drivers on the 19th of October 2021. Whilst the headline figures show a total shortage of well over 100,000 HGV drivers…

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Update on the National HGV Driver shortage and how leading retailers are tackling the problem head on.

  Last month in July 2021, Isis Insurance wrote about the Government initiatives to drastically reduce, or eradicate completely, the current shortage of HGV drivers in the UK. This has been an ongoing problem for many months now. The logistics industry, which retailers – especially grocers – rely on to transport goods to stores or…

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The impact of COVID-19 on the UK Haulage market

  The transport and logistics sector has been heavily impacted by COVID-19 over the last 13+ months, with 3 national lockdowns of differing length and intensity, with heavy restrictions in everyday life in between these lockdowns. Now that we are easing out of the 3rd (and hopefully final) lockdown, with “normality” returning on the 17th…

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Network Rail launch new “bridge height” awareness campaign aimed at HGV drivers

Network Rail launch new “bridge height” awareness campaign aimed at HGV drivers Recent statistics show that railway bridges are hit 5 times a day on average across the UK, with HGV’s the most common culprit. The average cost of a bridge repair is £13,000. The BBC website article also lists the top 10 bridges struck…

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UK Government are acting on readiness warnings on the Smart Freight System ahead of January 2021 Brexit Transition Deadline

UK Government are acting on readiness warnings on the Smart Freight System ahead of January 2021 Brexit Transition Deadline The Government has been warned in a letter sent to Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, signed by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and other stakeholders such as trade body Logistics UK. There are four border-focused IT…

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