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Transport & Logistics

Your Role as a Class 1 Driver

Haulage and logistics is the 5th largest UK Employment sector, this means that Class 1 Drivers are in demand. You can work on short or long haul delivery runs on either a permanent or flexible contract. Class 1 Drivers are able to drive Category C+E vehicles which include articulated lorries. If you like to work alone and enjoy travelling the country and want a job that is reliable then this is a great career choice!

Daily Duties of a Class 1 Driver

  • Plan delivery routes and ensure that routes maximise productivity.
  • For goods to be delivered, drivers must communicate with customers to coordinate drop-offs and pick-ups.
  • Supervising the Loading of Goods
  • To ensure the safety of the product, drivers check that all products are safely secured for transport.
  • Route Alterations- Sometimes, routes must be altered if there are accidents or large amounts of traffic.
  • Lorry inspections to be sure that it complies with national safety regulations and legal requirements.
  • Logging hours and filing delivery forms are the responsibility of the driver.
  • If a driver notices an issue with the lorry, it is the driver’s responsibility to see that it gets the proper maintenance.
  • Drivers must report any accident or issue to the company dispatcher.
  • To ensure customer satisfaction, drivers must interact with customers politely and address any concerns a customer may have.

Required Experience and Skills of a Class 1 Driver

To be a Swanstaff Class 1 Driver you will usually require a minimum of 6 months experience in a similar role, although some of our permanent roles are suitable for newly qualified drivers. You will require a current Driver CPC and usually a Digi-Tacho. Below are some of the other qualities we look for in our drivers:
  • Good driving skills and knowledge of current Road Transport Regulations.
  • Awareness of Health and Safety issues
  • Mechanical and vehicle knowledge 
  • Polite, courteous, respectful and helpful.
  • Self motivation and ability to work independently
  • Patience 
  • Concentration
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to complete Paperwork and often use hand-held electronic devices to log your deliveries.

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