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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.

Swanley is a town based in North West Kent and sits close to the London Borough of Bexley and neighbouring areas of Dartford and Sevenoaks. Due to its proximity right next to the M25 and M20 motorways and being within easy reach of both London and the Coast, the area is popular with the freight and logistics industry.

The Town Centre is currently awaiting a regeneration project which will create 303 new homes and 4,318 square metres of commercial and retail space, Sevenoaks Council has also recently announced plans for a £17m investment for a new leisure centre in the town.

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