Category: Industry News

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10 Misconceptions about HGV Drivers (2022 Update!)

This is a list of the 10 most common misconceptions about HGV drivers in 2022   Despite what some people might think, being a truck driver isn’t an easy job. It isn’t something that just anyone can do.   And, frankly, it isn’t made any easier by some of the rumours and misconceptions about HGV… Read more »

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Backline Secures FORS Status

Since the company’s inception many moons ago, Backline has sought to establish itself as a specialist provider of temporary staff – providing unparalleled service to both its clients and workforce.   Through concentrating its efforts within a specific sector, and by offering complimentary services such as industry relevant training and the use of its two… Read more »

We Made AITT!

Having delivered Materials Handling Equipment training for many years under the ITSSAR banner, we have taken the decision to transfer our accreditation to another of the four Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) members.   The ABA was originally set up in 2012, and works closely with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to produce recognised standards… Read more »

Top 10 Driver Bag Essentials

Whether you’ve been driving for decades, you’re completely new to the world of transport or you fit somewhere in between, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got everything on this list so you’re ready for anything!    1. USB Charger  Most devices these days run off a USB power connection; mobile phones, sat-navs, e-cigarettes, bluetooth earpieces –… Read more »

The Ex-Service Personnel’s guide to HGV driving careers

Many of the qualities and skills you trained for and developed during military service are highly transferable to a professional driving career. It’s why many of the best HGV drivers are ex-service personnel.   However, this doesn’t tell you why so many people choose HGV driving as a new career after leaving the forces.  … Read more »

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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 »

5 Hacks to Fast Track your HGV Career

Depending on your skillsets and experience, HGV drivers in the UK can earn £40k or more a year. But that is not to say that every HGV driving job is created equal, or that every employer will offer such high wages for the same job.   So, how do you make sure you’re doing everything… Read more »

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5 mistakes that will damage your HGV driving career

Ever worried you’ve made mistakes that could damage your HGV driving career?   HGV Drivers, whether experienced or new, can fall prey to bad habits just like the rest of us. The problem for drivers is that becoming overwhelmed by their workload, doesn’t just see them begin to underperform, it can lead to errors with… Read more »

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HGV Driving: Getting Started

Guest written by Sam Hay, Training 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 going through… Read more »