For the HGV drivers, the smallest of mistakes can prove to be very costly, but not all of them carry grave consequences. However, most HGV drivers fail to appreciate the impact that even the small things that they do or do not can impact a company’s efficiency and significantly diminish the safety of the fleet thereby reducing productivity and profitability of the business.
Any oversight in operations or the mandates of an HGV driver can impact his or her ability to work effectively cause them to fall into despair. Some of the small mistakes identified by an HGV Driver Training Centre that HGV drivers make include:
It is illegal to drive off with a vehicle before punching in the driver’s card in the tachograph. The recording of the tachograph ensures that every driver is logged in back in the office and this reduces the stress of sorting out the time sheets and payroll. Moreover, failure to punch in the driver card in the tachograph means that there is no driver assigned to the vehicle that is on the road and this may complicate things in the event of an accident and a potential insurance claim.
Pressing the wrong button that sees the driver record a break as “other work” is a legal infringement, though it may seem like a minor issue. It is a mistake that can tilt the driver’s work hours. Every driver is legally allowed to take a break; however, this should be recorded to ensure that every driver enjoys all the breaks they need without skipping out on their jobs. The break helps to ensure that they are well rested to avoid fatigue when on the roads. For the fleet managers, the records help with proper sorting of time sheets.
HGV drivers tend can at times have busy schedules that see them fail to plan for their breaks during the course of the day. Such a thing can affect the fleet managers’ work as they try to balance time-sensitive deliveries even as they strive to ensure that every driver takes the mandated breaks from work. The HGV drivers are legally required to be behind the wheel for four and a half hours. As such, they should plan their routes in advance to ensure they also include breaks and still make their deliveries on time.
Every fleet manager dreads misreporting the drivers’ logged hours because such an oversight causes havoc with timesheets and payroll. Everyone will put in the work and desire to get paid their dues in full. The incorrect reporting of work hours can see the fleet manager believing that the drivers are not following the rules while that may or may not be the case. To avoid such a thing, HGV drivers should input the right hours they put in so that they can get the wages.
Fleet managers expect the HGV drivers to be reachable when contacted while out on the roads. While it is illegal for drivers to pick up phones while behind the while, such a requirement makes it hard to tell whether that is the reason why the drivers are not picking up the calls. Overall, it is imperative that the drivers furnish the fleet managers with information regarding their route schedules and whereabouts while on the road, whenever they can. It helps the fleet managers pass to any critical updates and to determine ETAs.
The above five errors may seem minor, and a bit common but these are errors that HGV drivers can avoid and thereby ensure that the business runs without any hitches. It also helps to reduce stress and despair for the fleet managers while also resulting in efficient operations and safety of the fleet.
One effective means of addressing these issues is by the use of a Mobile Resource Management platform that the fleet manager can have integrated with the tachographs. The platform enhances the allocation of jobs, better the safety and management of the business’ fleet, and can be used to generate current data without contacting the drivers.