Issues Transport Managers Face

Are you ready for DVLA medical assessment?


Truck drivers in UK (and worldwide) have one of the highest rates of high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol in comparison to the rest of the UK population when comparing age. So if you have high blood pressure, you need to take action.  Good news is that you can control most heart disease risk factors.


Partnership for growth: NN1 Personnel drivers enable Route Logistics to achieve growth ambitions


Route Logistics Ltd, a family owned business based in Corby, Northamptonshire, has been providing palletised distribution services within the UK, Ireland and Europe to a number of large blue chip companies across the UK since it was established in 2005 by ex HGV driver, Paul Clifton.

In 2016, the company was approached by NN1 Personnel, a supplier of temporary drivers and logistics staff which is run by husband and wife team Damian and Justyna Sodel.


6 Wellbeing and Health Tips for HGV Drivers


Long hours on the road and sitting down all the time can be a problem for many HGV Drivers health and well-being. As a working demographic, they can often be more at risk from conditions such high blood pressure and heart problems as well as having weight issues all because of their sedentary lifestyle.

It’s not just physical health that can be at risk for HGV drivers – maintaining mental wellbeing on those long-haul journeys can be a challenge as well.
Here are our top wellbeing tips to keep you in better shape.

5 Tips for Improving Your HGV Drivers Retention


HGV Drivers retention has been a massive issue recently.  There has been a shortage of qualified HGV drivers for a while now across many industries and many companies struggle with HGV drivers retention. While this might be good for individual drivers because they have more choice in the companies they work for, businesses have found that retention continues to be a key issue.

For transport managers, the question is clear-cut: How do you stop your best drivers from moving on and how to improve HGV drivers retention?

As in any other job, it’s not just about the money and there are a lot of ways in which managers can create a more favourable work environment that is likely to improve driver retention both in the short and long term.


Why and how to become a LGV Driver in Northampton


A career as LGV Driver in Northampton can offer a salaries starting from £22,000 and rising to £45,000 plus, depending on the industry you work in. In today’s complex employment landscape, finding a job that not only gives you a sense of achievement but also pays a decent wage is becoming increasingly difficult.

The good news is there is a national shortage of approximately 50,000 drivers. The average age of a LGV driver is 53 years old so as drivers retire over the next decade the shortage will become a lot worse. Industry experts predict the shortage of skilled driver will hit 150,000 by 2020.

If you want the challenge of being part of a diverse industry while earning a decent wage training as an LGV Driver in Northampton makes perfect sense.


Drivers’ hours fines: changes from 5 March 2018


From Monday 5 March 2018 there are some important changes for HGV Drivers coming in place.

Drivers will be fined for older offences. DVSA traffic examiners will start issuing on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days”.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can fine drivers up to £300 if they’re caught breaking the rules. They can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised.

At the moment, DVSA can only fine drivers for offences committed that day and ongoing offences, like manipulating tachograph records, which record drivers’ hours


Logistics In Northamptonshire Is Thriving


Northamptonshire’s central geographical location has contributed much to its development as a busy thriving logistics hub for the UK in recent years. Transport for business is now one of the fastest developing sectors in the county, with around one in seven people now thought to be employed in it. Logistics in Northamptonshire is thriving.

If you’re looking for a career that really counts and live in Northamptonshire, then focusing on the logistics industry not only provides a wide variety of opportunities but the potential for good rates of pay.


What Support is Available for Small Businesses in Northamptonshire?


Support for small businesses in Northamptonshire
With its central location and thriving logistics sector, Northamptonshire is currently one of the best places for small businesses to set up. Starting a new business, of course, can be daunting. While it’s easier than ever to get a project off the ground, nearly half of new ventures still fail within the first three years.

Often that’s because a business isn’t being provided with the support it really needs. Many companies don’t know what support is available for small businesses in Northamptonshire?


NN1 Personnel 3rd Birthday Celebrations


NN1 Personnel is celebrating our 3rd birthday this week!

We’ve worked with some great clients over the past three years and feel very lucky to have built good foundations for our excellent working relationships. Thank you to all our HGV drivers, our clients and our business networks for giving us the support we’ve had!

Driving HGVs at Night: Top Tips for Staying Safe


Driving HGV at night can be a stressful and lonely occupation at the best of times. Staying alert while driving along busy roads over long distances is not easy as anyone in the business will tell you. It can be even more challenging if you are regularly undertaking long haul journeys overnight, as many operatives have to do nowadays.
Not only is there the problem of reduced visibility and the pressure of delivering on time, drivers have to contend with staying awake and alert for long hours. Unfortunately, long distance HGV drivers can get into bad habits that put them at risk, including having a bad diet and poor sleep practices. READ MORE