With a large number of Drive Personnel clients based in Southampton, talk of Clean Air Zone regulations and emissions surcharges are a worry to the local transport industry. The penalties proposed by Southampton City Council could potentially have a devastating effect on small businesses who don’t have the resources to consolidate freight, create new road networks or invest in newer, lower emission vehicles. In turn, these Clean Air Zone penalties could conceivably affect HGV driving jobs as businesses attempt to consolidate their freight and reduce their use of commercial vehicles.

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A significant number of contracted drivers are included within the 4.8 million people who are classed as self-employed in the UK.  In April 2020, the tax rules for this group of people will be subject to change, as IR35 is applied throughout the private sector.  For driving agencies, the application of IR35 is a significant…

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Being responsible for a heavy goods vehicle is a hazardous occupation, especially when handling and transporting dangerous goods. At Drive Personnel, we take the safety of our drivers very seriously and provide all of our HGV drivers with personal protective equipment to mitigate the risk of injury when necessary.  What is PPE? Personal protective equipment…

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The Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates a national shortage of approximately 50,000 qualified HGV drivers, and with a quarter of the industry workforce due to retire in the next decade, there has never been a more important time for a national campaign to train and develop more HGV drivers. Brexit In addition to the existing…

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There is currently a national shortage of over 50,000 HGV drivers, and with the average age of UK drivers at 53, the industry is lacking younger drivers to fulfil the next generation of recruits. What skills does an HGV driver need? To become an HGV driver, you must be over the age of 18 and…

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With so many of the HGV drivers working in the UK hailing from the EU, it is important to us that our drivers understand the steps that they need to take to continue living and working in the UK after Brexit.  About the EU Settlement Scheme  The EU settlement scheme is an outline of steps that allow EU,…

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At Drive Personnel Ltd we supply drivers in and around the Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex areas and the safety of our drivers, their load and other people that come into contact with them is of critical importance.  Every year there are major injuries and even deaths where loads have not been secured properly.  In…

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Drive Personnel are a temporary employment and recruitment agency based in the Eastleigh area and specialise in dealing with the transport and logistic industry.  Drive Personnel are ideally positioned to service customers in Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex. As such the local motorway networks are crucial to our clients and drivers. You may already be…

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