UK Transport Crisis?

Truxx

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I’m in the middle of having a specialist aircraft retrieval trailer built, ( to do insurance recoveries , and that sort of thing). It will be towed by a Range Rover to keep out of the clutches of Tacho cards.
I recon that i can keep my self busy by quietly developing that Buisness and doing two or three days driving a. Week if my time is free.
All this will be considerably less hassle than my previous full time job.
Just keep the whole lot under 3500 kg.......there is a whole new world of DVSA pain out there for those who dont.
 
As an interesting asides, I've been sending drivers in to collect from RDC's to collect for us for the last few days.
Those RDC's ar enow being desperately helpful in getting drivers turned around.
They know that every pallet a customer collects himself takes a bit of pressure off themselves and gains them a bit more space in their warehouse

RDC's that are normally quite unhelpful to drivers have discovered a new found spirit of co-operation
I heard something remarkably similar today about Morrison’s monolith of an RDC at bellshill. And those weegie mothefvckers have never been helpfull in the 20 years I’ve had dealings with them.
Maybe it’s the solar eclipse thats affected them !.
 
When I first left the mob in '89, I got a driving job through an agency. My first time out was in a class 1, into London on a multi-drop. I didn't know London, and it was before satnavs.
I did 3 or 4 drops, and went back with 3/4 of a load. Never driven a truck since.
I got a job fixing pool tables, driving an Astra van for more money.

Truck driving is sh!t.

With the agency I drove for I stated no London jobs. They rang me a few times in desperation for London jobs and they seemed relieved when I demanded double bubble. I wondered how high I could push it.

I enjoyed agency work generally, but some warehouse operatives are total *******.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
With the agency I drove for I stated no London jobs. They rang me a few times in desperation for London jobs and they seemed relieved when I demanded double bubble. I wondered how high I could push it.

I enjoyed agency work generally, but some warehouse operatives are total *******.
They’re all automatic now, get on it, sweeping brush handle for the pedals.
 
Another reason for the lack of interest in joining the industry is the constant monitoring of drivers by police, VOSA and employers.
How many people would be happy to have every single second of their working day available to be pored over and dissected.
Cameras and listening devices pointed at you whilst doing your job?
Disrespectful customers and employees of those customers thinking that it's ok to gob off at delivery drivers?
Being refused toilet and washing facilities?
Being refused access to food and drink (kettles, vending machines etc.)?
On two occasions I have had knives pulled on me because I held up traffic whilst reversing off a main road into a customers premises, and I've also been threatened with hammers and get the usual abuse from car drivers who have no patience whatsoever.
It's no mystery to us why there is a shortage.
 

mrboo

LE
This is a problem that is only going to get worse off the top of my head i think the average age of a driver in the uk is 58. The company i work for has had a pay freeze because of the covid excepet for drivers that got 20%.
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
So how long until Driverless (or remote convoy) HGV's arrive?
A while I think. When they do, initially limited to the easy, motorway ‘simple driving’ piece. Be interesting to see how it develops.
 

cymraeg

War Hero
2100 KG for the rangie, maybe 1200 kg for the trailer, you are going to be close...

4x4s and double axle caravans are currently being tugged....

Thought it was gross train weight that mattered. Gen interested as my trooper is plated to tow 3.5t and as long as load trailer and truck came in under the gtw all was good.
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer

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