Category: Backline News

The 9 best (AND WORST) locations to be an HGV driver

There are more than 183,000 HGV driving jobs in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).That’s plenty to go around.   However, each region has different job opportunities with different industries playing key roles in local economies.   This means that while demand for drivers in the UK is certainly up, not… Read more »

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Top 5 Bad Highway Habits

If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that there is some pretty appalling behaviour out there on the roads at times!   From tailgating to ignoring rights of way – when your office is 5ft above the tarmac with an engine you’ll have encountered it all!   We’ve compiled the Top… Read more »

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The essential HGV winter drivers’ survival guide

Winter weather can cause havoc on the roads. Ice, snow, wind, fog and the cold can all feel like a challenge designed to test a driver’s professionalism. It demands that even the best take extra care so check out our handy HGV winter driving guide   With weather experts predicting another Beast from the East… Read more »

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Getting Back Behind The Wheel

Whether your circumstances have forced it, or you just fancied a change of scenery – there are a number of reasons why you might choose to get back behind the wheel for a living after taking a break…

HGV Driving Jobs: How to Get the Best Paid Ones

When it comes to finding and securing the best paid HGV driving jobs there are a few things you need to consider. You need to know what role you are aiming for, and what experience, training and track record employers want.   After all, if you know what the best employers are looking for it… Read more »

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Are HGV driving jobs really getting harder?

Sometimes we hear drivers say that HGV driving is a harder job than it used to be. So, in this article, we’ve identified three major elements of HGV driving jobs that have changed over the years and explore their impact on the lives and roles of drivers.

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HGV driving after Brexit; what can we expect?

The air of uncertainty around Brexit has been lingering for some time. With no deal yet decided there is simply no way to know what kind of allowances will be made or negotiated for the continued interaction between the UK and Europe on any level. So what does that mean for HGV driving after Brexit? … Read more »

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Does your employer have to provide Driver CPC training?

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (or Driver CPC / DCPC for short) is a mandatory qualification for the majority of drivers operating vehicles over 3.5 Tonne or 8 passenger seats for work.   There are some exemptions from the rules (more details on DCPC exemptions here) but generally speaking if you’re being paid to drive… Read more »

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Elite HGV Drivers; How To Spot Them

There are a number of key traits that elite HGV drivers have. Knowing these traits can help employers make good hiring decisions and perhaps more importantly, help drivers determine whether or not this is really the career for them. # In this article we outline 5 of those key qualities that “elite” HGV drivers have… Read more »