New drivers and working time compliance

24 November 2021

We know that the road transport working time regulations apply to our HGV drivers. What should we be doing when we are taking on a new driver to make sure we are compliant?

Defending against physical aggression at work

3 November 2021

In a recent training session on managing risks related to physical violence and aggression at work, an employee asked whether or not employees are allowed to defend themselves by using reasonable force if somebody tries to assault them. What is the legal situation on this?

Making tests easier – (driver shortage)

15 October 2021

It has been reported that in order to help solve the driver shortage the government is making the driving test for Class 1 HGVs easier. We are concerned about the potential impact on road safety and wonder if there are any precautions we need to take regarding our operations?

New driver induction — (driver shortage)

1 October 2021

Like many in the industry we are struggling to find drivers, and some new recruits only stay for a short time before leaving. Given the current uncertainties around drivers, do operators really have to put everyone through an induction before they can be sent out to do a job they are already qualified for?

Returning drivers and category C entitlement

1 October 2021

We are trying to recruit some former LGV drivers who haven’t driven professionally for at least the last six years and have let both their category C driving entitlement and their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) lapse. Is there a simple way for them to reinstate these qualifications or do they have to take the full category C test plus the Driver CPC modules?

Recruiting drivers and pre-1997 HGV1 licences

1 October 2021

We have had several queries from potential drivers, especially younger ones and those from other countries, who are confused when they see adverts for HGV Class 1 drivers and do not know if their licences are relevant. Can you clear up the confusion?

Plastic Packaging Tax

27 September 2021

I’m concerned that my business will be liable for the new plastic tax, as we use a lot of plastic packaging. What can I do to prepare for this and in particular, how can I find out whether the plastic we use contains any recycled material?

Transport net zero

10 September 2021

How does the Government plan to achieve net zero in the transport sector?