Seven reasons to have qualified LGV and Lift Truck Instructors in-house

Many businesses question whether to outsource the training of LGV drivers and material handling equipment (MHE) operators, or have instructors in-house. In this article I want to explain some of the benefits of in-house instructors.

Repeatedly, we have seen in-house instructors boost the safety and efficiency of an operation, and provide a good return on investment. However, some employers remain unconvinced that training in-house instructors will add the benefit needed to cover the cost of training them.

So, what are the benefits?

GDPR – how air cargo operators can ensure a safe landing in May 2018

The air freight industry is already one of the most heavily regulated sectors and will become even more so once the EU General Data Protection Regulation takes effect next May.

If air cargo operators avoid making the mistake of thinking that the GDPR does not apply to them, because it relates only to personal data, and plan ahead they can ensure a safe landing for themselves in May 2018.

Driven to distraction

Rule 144 of the Highway Code reads drivers “must not drive dangerously, drive without due care and attention or drive without reasonable consideration for other road users”.1 As drivers, we all know the best way to drive. However, we also know that despite our best intentions, we do not always drive as safely as we could, or perhaps should.

A call to action

The General Election provided an opportunity for the Road Haulage Association (RHA) to call on the Westminster ‘hopefuls’ and while they campaigned for votes, we made it clear that if the challenges facing the road transport and logistics industry were not immediately confronted, then the sector responsible for moving 85 per cent of the UK economy would be placed jeopardy, with thousands of jobs put at risk.

AEO status a "must-have" to ensure frictionless borders, says CILT

CILT represents the expertise and experience of professionals and leaders in the logistics and transport sector – a key element of our economy and UK trade around the globe. For some time now, we have been involved in discussions with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and The Department for Transport (DfT) to deliver impartial advice and offer solutions to the opportunities that will arise from Brexit.

The imbalance between insurance and IoT

There is an imbalance between the Internet of Things and industrial insurance. Hauliers and commercial logistics providers carry goods on long distance journeys across the globe with little to no visibility of what is happening to them.

Working together to drive efficiency

The headline news for 2017 might be positive; but there are always winners and losers in any economy and right now it is transport operators that are under pressure. As the Marmite fracas revealed last summer, retailers are unwilling to accept additional transport costs associated with the fall in sterling – and are pushing back on transport companies.

Time for a change?

The clocks change (again) on the 26th March.

This clock change or ‘daylight saving’ has been part of our way of life for over 100 years.  Every Spring, the clocks ‘spring’ forward and Summer hours officially begin.  In the Autumn, they ‘fall’ back to their regular schedule.

But why does daylight saving time exist?

Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

In April the government is to introduce a new ‘payroll tax’ in the form of an Apprenticeship Levy.  Those businesses with an annual payroll bill in excess of £3 million will see their payroll costs increase next year by 0.5 per cent – a substantial extra cost burden for any company affected, across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

However, despite the shock that this will be for many businesses there are opportunities too for these organisations to benefit from the levy, provided they seek to fully understand its implications early and plan well in advance.

Latest EU Driver CPC proposals

The EU Commission released proposals on the 1st February to modify driver CPC, both for initial licence acquisition and on-going periodic training. Unfortunately, there appears to be little or no benefit for the UK in any of the Commission’s proposals.