Respect Our HGV Drivers! Improve Driver Facilities!

Respect Our HGV Drivers…! Improve Driver Facilities!

The answer to the current driver shortage..?

Well, that’s a complex one – but after continually hearing of the disrespectful conditions that our HGV driver clients are subjected to, it is clear to us at MEG Training that a vast improvement in driver facilities would go a long, long way.

Whilst out on the road, horror stories of being denied access to toilets, being offered the use of a bucket in disguise of a loo or being encouraged to urinate by the side of their vehicle are all too common, especially when on the same sites office staff are provided with a very different set up.
Good quality roadside services are few and far between, are often expensive if you are buying food, but do not allow you to eat your own in the building. Drivers who do European work say that facilities on the continent are vastly superior – frequent free, clean service areas.

Forget the stereotypical old school image of a trucker… both male and female drivers want (and deserve) access to wash their hands before eating, have use of clean toilets and showers – not rocket science is it?! Surely it comes down to respect – respect for men and women who travel up and down the country, very often without seeing their family for days on end. Decent facilities are a basic human right that in many other professions are (rightly so) accepted as standard.

It’s time for change … depot and site operators must simply consider the needs of the driver and ask themselves if they would be happy with what is being offered. If the answer is no – then why on earth should a driver be? Let’s make a start to attract new, younger blood to the industry and make the profession something to be proud of.

Fleet Manager Tips: HGV Drivers Safety

Fleet Manager tips to ensure HGV Drivers Safety

Driving a heavy goods vehicle isn’t like your average office job, which is why health and safety takes on a whole new meaning for fleet managers. Papercuts and slamming your thumb in the filing cabinet pale into insignificance when you consider the possible consequences of putting a human (all be it a trained one!) at the wheel of several tonnes (up to 44 to be precise!) of machinery!
We’ve put together a list of tips to ensure your HGV drivers are as safe as possible on the road and are aware of Drivers Safety..

• Safety Is A Priority

Drivers Safety should be your number one priority. To be blunt – for your drivers it should be more important than speed or efficiency and for the company it should be more important than your profit margin. There is absolutely no point of your drivers getting to their destination with a broken vehicle, damaged goods or injuries to themselves that could mean additional down time for medical assistance. Safety is a basic – you don’t want your drivers hurt and you don’t want to loose business due to accidents. Ensure all safety procedures are adhered to and encourage feedback from your drivers, they are sure to have an insight into the day to day issues that you may not have considered.

• Vehicle Checks

Be pro-active, not re-active!!! Regular inspections and checks provide the opportunity to spot problems before they arise. Regular maintenance and inspections as well as being a legal requirement, are key to keeping your vehicles in a safe condition. Ensure that inspections are scheduled in and stuck to religiously! Allow your drivers ample time for their pre-shift checks and build this into the whole philosophy of your company. Remember that it’s best practice to spot-check them for your Drivers Safety!

• Fitness to Drive

Ensure your drivers are fit to drive… a stressed or tired driver is neither safe or fuel efficient. Fatigue is extremely dangerous and causes more fatalities than drink driving. Educate drivers on the need for safe loading and understand the impact of having lost work days due to injury. Ensure your drivers are speed aware and the consequences of their actions. Maintain your drivers health records through annual health declarations, 6 month eye checks (reading number plates at 20 metres) as well as diabetes and sleep apnea awareness.

• Alcohol And Drug Testing

Worried this might be an awkward conversation to have? Well without carrying out random testing it is difficult to establish if a problem exists until an incident happens, the police are then involved and your businesses responsibility is called into question. Aside from the very real danger to life – the drivers and the lives of other road users – your company can be affected financially, morally and in terms of reputation. Many companies have Drug & Alcohol policies in place, which are necessary and useful to communicate to drivers on a regular basis, but there are not all encompassing. Various drug and alcohol screening devices exist and it is good practice to randomly test everyone within the company so not to discriminate. Screening could also have financial benefits – you may be able to convince your insurance provider to lower your premiums because you are screening.

• Have a pre-defined Accident Procedure

Fail to plan – plan to fail!!! You can have all the procedures and policies in the world but sometimes accidents do happen. The best thing you can do as a fleet manager is be prepared for this eventuality. Create a procedure for drivers to follow in the event of an accident and ensure your drivers are fully aware of it – this may be by way of training, it could even be implemented into one of our customised Driver CPC module.

• Provide Hands Free In-Cab Communication

We all know there are occasions where the plan changes and we need to get in touch with the driver to communicate this. It is imperative that you are able to do so without the worry of what happens when the driver answers at the other end. Ensuring your drivers are properly equipped with hands free peripherals for their mobile phones will mean they can take the calls they need to without putting themselves and others at risk – whilst also avoiding a huge fine of up to £2,500 and in addition points on their license.

• Be Weather Aware!

Fleet managers have a responsibility to ensure their drivers safety (and that of others), especially in times of adverse weather conditions. British weather is at best ‘unpredictable’ and conditions can change suddenly. Keeping up to date with weather advise is a given and being aware of the heightened road risks caused by rain, hail, snow and ice, strong winds etc is of course the first step. Other strategies include planning and scheduling journeys appropriately – perhaps avoiding remote locations, high bridges where possible. Educate your drivers by way of written procedures and training. Equip your drivers with emergency kits and last but by no means least ensure the maintainence of your fleet.

• Policies and Training

Great…! You have written all the policies but how do you implement it all? The key here is training and leading by example! The items above such as vehicle inspections, alcohol/drug testing need to be enshrined in policy and these policies need to be followed and enforced across the whole of the company. For example you can’t expect drivers to follow the policies that inconvenience them if you ignore the need for a vehicle inspection because its at an inconvenient time.

The Many Benefits to Becoming An LGV Driver

The Many Benefits to Becoming An LGV Driver

Right now is a great time to put the wheels in motion towards gaining your LGV licence.

If you have a passion for driving and are looking for a new career then you should consider the exciting industry of LGV driving. At MEG Training Solutions we are passionate about giving you the tools to make your first steps as simple as possible, offering training from the very start and continuing to your on-going professional development.

With an estimated 60,000 vacancies UK wide and a starting salary of up to £25,000, rising to around £40,000 for drivers with Class 1 training and experience. Becoming an LGV driver can open doors to jobs and an earning potential you may have thought was out of reach.

Here’s a look at just a few of the many benefits of becoming an LGV driver which explain the rising popularity of the profession…

Options … choose the industry sector that suits your life;

Long distance – If visiting far-flung corners of the world is what excites you then long distance may be perfect for you. You can hit the open road and drive all over the continent and beyond, seeing new places and meeting new people at every turn.

UK wide drivers – If you prefer to spend your time on the UK mainland you can go the length and breadth of the country, still seeing new places but staying firmly on shore!

Local drivers – If you like to stay closer to home becoming a local driver means you can usually stay within around 100 miles of your preferred location.

Competitive pay – due to the huge industry demand for qualified drivers to replace a large number of drivers who are approaching retirement.

Flexible working hours – depending on the job you choose you can tailor your career to suit your life; week days, nights, weekends.

Freedom… freedom to spend the day on the open road and not stuck in the office; freedom to be pretty much your own boss and removed from the office politics!

Stability of the profession – The UK has a continual and growing demand for qualified LGV drivers and is a largely recession proof and lucrative industry. Having the qualifications the industry demands (up to date Driver CPC training as an example) offers you confidence in the ability to always find work in times of austerity.

Looking at just a few of these reasons it is easy to see why LGV training courses at MEG Training Solutions are in such high demand. Give us a call and let us help you to get started on your road to success.

Basic First Aid Training As Driver CPC

Basic First Aid Training As Driver CPC

Imagine you’re at the scene of a road traffic incident. There are several ways you can respond, which one are you…?

a) Drive past and feel lucky not to be involved.

b) Drive past, have a good look ad almost cause an accident by ‘rubber necking’.

c) Pull over and dial 999 to call the emergency services.

d) Pull over and swing into action to help the injured.

If you answered a) or b), then maybe you assume that someone else will be along in a minute to deal with the situation.

If you answered c), then that’s great, thank you for being a good Samaritan!

However I think you have it in you to answer d) … by doing a ‘1st person at the Scene of an Incident’ or ‘Basic First Aid’ course with MEG Training Solutions.

The Benefits of Basic First Aid Training..?

Did you know that up to 46% of road traffic fatalities could be prevented if the right first aid assistance was available in the first moments following impact? By taking training you could learn the necessary skills and confidence to stabilise victims in those vital minutes before the emergency services arrive and ultimately save a life! What more motivation could you need..?  Well… as well as gaining new Basic First Aid skills these training hours will count towards your Driver CPC training hours.

Make it your 2017 New Years Resolution to get trained.

Contact MEG Training Solutions – 01254 394797 / www.megtraining.co.uk

 

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