Mate of mines doris is an ADI who does a lot of contract training for the supermarket delivery arms. 10% plus of those applying have fake driving licences once checked with Swansea.Indeed. Hence I am very cautious indeed.
Regardless of country of origin drivers who start for us do a few weeks stint in a van, then a few more weeks stint in a 7.5 tonner and of they are okay with those they get in to something bigger with a chaperone for a few days.
Quite happy with newly qualified drivers. We'll work with them to build up their experience.
Curiously enough over the last couple of years we have no difficulty recruiting and retaining British HGV drivers. The whole world predicted disaster on the driver availability front but we are finding exactly the opposite.
Not entirely certain why to be honest. But driver recruitment now is easier than its been in a decade.
Conventional wisdom has it that Brexit should have caused a shortage of professional drivers, it just hasn't happened.
If I ever figure out quite why I'll let you know!
I did have a pair of 12 year old rock up at my office door a couple of months ago and present me with Romanian licences and obviously fake CPC cards (really quite poor copies) looking for work. Promises of converting their licences to UK ones etc. Not for me thanks but they probably found work somewhere.