Category: Backline News

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Online Driver CPC: Could it be here to stay?

Online Driver CPC Training Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have allowed training providers to move their training courses online. In a move that was welcomed by training providers and the Transport & Logistics sector alike, drivers now have the opportunity to attend training remotely.  … Read more »

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COVID-19: Relax! (the rules)

We are living in unprecedented times, navigating uncharted waters and doing our best to do what’s best. The last time the world saw something on the scale of COVID-19 (coronavirus) was from 1918-1920 when “Spanish Flu” wiped out more people than the World War that had immediately preceded it.   In 1918, however, there weren’t… Read more »

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HGV Driving: Getting Started

Guest written by Sam Hay, Training & Marketing Manager   Recently, I was fortunate enough for Backline to put me through my HGV Class 2 licence. Having been with the company since 2011, I’ve picked up plenty of industry knowledge in that time – but nothing quite compares to getting the first-hand experience of actually… Read more »

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.