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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.

Ashford in Kent boasts to be the second fastest growing district in the county, with a population increase of 22.2% - providing a growing workforce population for the SME's and large corporations based locally. The town has international rail links via the Eurostar and the town is surrounded by idyllic countryside and thriving market towns. 

For those that live locally, the area sees fair and affordable house prices compared to other areas in the South East and 34% lower than London. There is plenty to do in the local area too including a Designer Shopping outlet and beaches within easy reach. The area is also becoming increasingly known for its Vineyards and there are various hiking trails along the South Downs.

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