Any mode of transport comes with risk; whether you're driving a miniature electric car or a 20 tonne HGV. However, operating a heavy goods vehicle is renowned for being dangerous and requiring high levels of skill, especially considering the number of hours and miles that HGV drivers are working for at a time. It's no wonder then that HGV training courses can take up to 16 weeks to complete!
In order to maintain the safety of your HGV drivers, transport, fleet, supply chain and the general public, training in this sector is a vital and life-saving requirement. By ensuring that your current or prospective drivers know the rules and regulations involved in operating their vehicle safely, you could avoid catastrophic collisions and accidents that injure innocent people as well as your logistics company.
To ensure compliance with EU driving rules, logistics drivers have tachograph devices fitted into their vehicles. Tachographs automatically log the driver's speed and distance over a set period thus can be used to calculate the number of hours a driver has spent driving the vehicle.
However, the logistics sector cannot rely on tachographs alone to conduct driver management - it is down to both the driver and their employer and/or management to ensure compliance with DVSA and EU regulations. As part of this, it is mandatory for an employer to provide industry-specific training to logistics and HGV drivers.
Breaching the legal rules set by the EU and DVSA can result in hefty fines and/or imprisonment depending on the severity of the breach. As an employer, these penalties can be costly to your reputation as well as your wallet. Limit your risk of suffering penalties and enforcements by employing a fleet of informed, reliable drivers who thoroughly understand the rules they must abide by whilst working in logistics.
Not only do pre-employment skills tests help you to streamline your recruitment process and find highly skilled and competent drivers to add to your supply chain, but they also help you to avoid high turnover and improve staff retention. This is through employing the best candidates for the job who are reliable, efficient and more likely to stand the test of time in this notoriously stressful industry.