Spring's new starters
Spring to life with new staff, but remember to abide by the same rules
As spring starts, you may need extra staff to cover the increased workload as summer deliveries pick up and your customers expect the same level of service.
After the initial rush, you may decide to keep your new fleet members on, making them regular, contracted staff in your business. If this is something you have considered, it’s important to remember the following:
- Check driver’s licences, ensuring that non-UK licence holders are qualified to drive your vehicles.
- Remind your drivers how many hours they are entitled to work in a specific vehicle. In addition, if the vehicle lacks a tachograph, ensure they know the daily ratio of driving to rest.
- Make sure a driver is familiar with UK roads and the Highway Code.
- Reinforce your zero-tolerance drink drive* and drug drive policy.
- Emphasise that vehicle spot-checks will be undertaken by the company on a regular basis, daily checks should be undertaken on all key safety items and to stay on top of servicing and MOTs.
To keep on top of your deliveries, you’ll need to think ahead and plan your routes, keeping an eye on traffic updates and using your memory of clinch points to avoid any serious congestion. If possible, try to drive at times where there is less traffic generally, but in the end, it may be that you just need to increase your patience as other traffic users join the busy roads; I doubt any of them want to be stuck looking at the rear bumper in front of them either!
*For some sobering advice about dink driving the morning after you’ve had a little pick-me-up, see the NHS’s guidelines [ NHS’ Guidelines ].