Category: Industry News

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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 & 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 »

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’tis NOT The Season To Be Jolly

Ignore what the song says. If you’re behind the wheel, jolly is the exact opposite of what you should be (unless it’s just in the happy sense, of course).   Back in the 16th Century when it first originated, cars, trucks and busses didn’t exist. At least nothing that resembles what is on the roads… Read more »

The best driving jobs and how to find them

Looking for new HGV driving job? With so much choice there’s probably never been a better time to be a trucker. But with so many possibilities, how do you know which are the best driving jobs, and which ones to avoid at all costs?   With that in mind, we’ve created a checklist of the… Read more »

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Is your Logistics Partner Costing you Money whilst you Sleep?

Logistics forms a pivotal part of many business. It’s the behind the scenes action that makes sure that the things that need to happen, happen.   However, thanks to the ever-increasing logistical expectations set by e-Commerce giants like Amazon, an extremely effective and efficient logistics operation essential for keeping customers satisfied in these permanently switched-on… Read more »

HGV Driver Career development tips; think CPD

What do we mean by CPD? CPD stands for Continued Professional Development. Simply put it is the training and activities you take to help advance yourself along your driving career.   Not to be confused with CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence), it’s a term used by professionals to describe the training they undertake to stay… Read more »

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Driver CPC Set To Be Scrapped?

Is The Driver CPC Qualification Being Scrapped? Well, in short, no.   Sorry if we’ve disappointed you.   There has been plenty of speculation that, thanks to a number of factors, including the HGV driver shortage and the dreaded “B” word (Brexit), the Driver CPC qualification would be brushed aside to ease the path of… Read more »

10 Common Misconceptions about HGV Drivers

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 drivers.   The truth is that HGV drivers play a hugely important role, not just to… Read more »

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Official “No-Deal” Post-Brexit Advice for Hauliers

Government Issues Official Guidance With just a few months until the UK officially leaves the European Union, the government has issued official advice for drivers and hauliers. The advice applies to any driver or haulier seeking to operate vehicles in the EU after our departure.   Key Points: Drivers Despite what you may have heard,… Read more »

Driving’s 7 Deadly Sins: is the UK making a U-turn?

Road Safety Over the last few decades, the UK has enjoyed significant reductions in the number of deaths and serious injury caused by road collisions – despite traffic levels going in the opposite direction.   Official UK statistics show that in 2016, there were 1,792 fatalities and just over 24,000 “seriously injured” on the roads,… Read more »