HGV driver

Driver Academy Group bootcamps help train over 1,300 new HGV drivers


More than 1,300 HGV driving trainees on the government-funded HGV Skills Bootcamps scheme have passed their practical test since April this year, helping to tackle the UK’s ongoing lorry driver shortage. According to new data from the Driver Academy Group consortium more than 800 of those Bootcamp trainees who passed their practical test have had […]

New ONS data reveals another HGV driver shortage crisis looming


Revised data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the threshold for triggering another driver shortage crisis is lower than its original data shows. The recently published revised statistics show the driver shortage crisis in 2021/22 was triggered by a 15% drop in driver numbers, rather than the 23% drop reported in […]

Hauliers urged to take part in survey to help develop Scottish HGV apprenticeship


Logistics employers across Scotland are being urged to complete an online survey which will help create a modern Driving Goods Vehicle apprenticeship, aimed at meeting the sectors current and future needs.   The survey has been launched as part of a wider move to review and refresh apprenticeships across Scotland, using an industry-led approach to […]

Ringway recruits HGVC to train drivers for government’s Skills Bootcamps campaign


Training specialist HGVC has been appointed by highways service provider Ringway to train up 43 drivers as part of the government’s skills bootcamps campaign. As part of the deal, HGVC will deliver funded courses with the department for education stumping up 70% of the fees. The training programme was introduced to avoid a potential shortage […]

RHA partners with mental health bodies to help HGV drivers struggling with work-related stress


A text support service to reach HGV drivers struggling with work-related stress has been launched, with the RHA on board as a campaign partner. Drivers can text ‘BeAMate’ for free confidential health support – a service provided by Mates in Mind, a campaign partner of Working Minds, which was created by the Health and Safety […]

Potholes reduce speeds and are good for road safety, insists truck dealer


Lorry dealer Mac’s Trucks said an increase in the number of potholes on the country’s roads could be playing a role in road safety by contributing to reduced speeds. The Huddersfield new and used dealership said its analysis of official figures and freedom of information data suggested that the crumbling network might be an “unrecognised […]

Take action to recruit young drivers or face another crisis, Driver Require report warns


The UK HGV driver workforce has remained stable for the fourth successive quarter but continues to suffer a “chronic” low level shortages and a dearth of younger drivers, a report from Driver Require is warning. It calls for the industry to ensure pay rates are maintained to counteract the impact of inflation, ensure good working […]

Coroner issues safety alert after HGV driver is killed while coupling trailer to cab


A coroner has raised concerns about the dangers of coupling and uncoupling trailers to tractor cabs after an HGV driver died in a rollaway incident in Widnes. Cheshire’s assistant coroner Charlotte Keighley has written to haulage and warehousing firm 3D Trans demanding it takes action to prevent future deaths following the incident in November 2021 […]

Broker launches service to help HGV drivers avoid prosecution under new Highway Code rules


Fleet transport insurance broker, McCarron Coates, has launched a service offering hauliers protection against the risk of prosecution under new HGV driving rules. The move follows changes to the Highway Code in 2022 establishing a hierarchy of road users, in which HGV drivers were deemed responsible for the safety of all other road users, with […]

Air crash probe finds plane hit HGV just before touchdown


An aircraft struck an HGV as it came in to land at an airfield in Somerset, according to a crash investigation. The light aircraft, a Vans RV-9A (see pic) was approaching Henstridge airfield at Templecombe in March when its right wingtip struck the rear of the lorry’s trailer, around four metres above the ground. It […]

RHA works with Diabetes Safety Organisation to raise industry awareness


RHA has teamed up with the Diabetes Safety Organisation to raise awareness of the disease within the haulage industry. Diabetes Safety Organisation will speak at RHA regional briefings, host webinars and visit truck stops to educate drivers as part of the National Lorry Week campaign in October. The move follows a meeting last week between […]

HGV driver charged following discovery of 13 immigrants at Ransomes Industrial Estate


A 54-year-old man has been remanded in custody after being charged with arranging or facilitating the illegal entry into the UK of 13 people who were discovered in the back of a lorry at Ransomes Industrial Estate in Ipswich. The HGV driver, Enrico Ferraris, 54, from Italy, was arrested on Thursday 25 May after police […]

Pallet-Track gives staff a view from the cab with new training project


Pallet-Track gave its Wolverhampton office team a taste of what it's like being an HGV driver with an interactive training session that gave them a trucker's view of the road.

The network teamed up with the RHA to host the internal road safety training programme and educate them on visibility using a double deck trailer. [...]

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