During these difficult and unprecedented times, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way that HGV drivers operate. At Drive Personnel, we take the wellbeing of our drivers seriously and want to ensure that all of our team are fully protected whilst completing their day-to-day deliveries.

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For the staff at Caremark Winchester & Eastleigh who have been caring for self-isolating and high-risk patients, exhausted PPE resources from their usual supplier meant that staff were visiting the homes of patients vulnerable to coronavirus without the necessary protection. Hoping for a miracle, Kate, a Field Care Supervisor at Caremark, took to social media with a desperate plea for help, asking if anyone could assist with tracking down the vital equipment needed to protect her staff from the virus.

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During this unprecedented coronavirus outbreak, key workers including hauliers and logistics teams have played a vital role in keeping essential retailers stocked and delivering life-saving supplies to medical facilities and pharmacies. At Drive Personnel, we understand how important these services are at this difficult time, and are working tirelessly to provide our clients with qualified, experienced HGV drivers and transport staff.

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Daily walkarounds are conducted by drivers to check the inside and outside of the lorry or other HGV and to confirm that the vehicle is safe to drive. It is the responsibility of the driver to thoroughly check their vehicles every working day or be at risk of facing financial penalties.

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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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What is IR35 for drivers? IR35 is a tax legislation aimed at identifying individuals who HMRC believe are failing to pay the tax due. Introduced to the public sector in 2000 by PM Gordon Brown, IR35 was designed to tackle ‘disguised’ employment whereby contractors and their hirers take advantage of the tax efficiency of working…

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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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