Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Industry Association Ties Up with Online HGV Driver Supply Company

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UK – One of the biggest problems afflicting the road haulage sector in the past couple of years has been the drastic shortage of suitably qualified drivers. With the average age of the country's HGV drivers well over 45, and many in their sixties, the paucity of youngsters entering the profession has been a concern.

Even those operators with a settled staff suffer with absences for holidays, sickness etc. and now Logistics UK, which aims to cover all sectors of the industry, and has criticised the government on this matter before when still known as the FTA, has entered a partnership with Avail, a driver hire technology platform, to offer its members what it calls a transparent, low-fee alternative to traditional agencies.

The new partnership aims to overcome the common frustrations experienced by commercial vehicle drivers and operators alike as they seek to fill vacancies. Al Richardson, Head of Membership & Affinities, Logistics UK comments:

“Avail is modernising the driver hire experience by connecting HGV and van drivers with operators directly through its platform. By erasing the need for an intermediary, operators save on agency fees while drivers benefit from pay more befitting to the skills and importance of their work.

”This is vital to attracting more workers to the role and overcoming the deteriorating driver shortage. Logistics UK is thrilled to announce this affiliate partnership and offer its members a new way to recruit temporary drivers.”

Avail’s web and app-based contact free, solution comes at a time when many operators are looking for a Covid secure way to hire and manage their drivers. Avail’s network currently boasts more than 5,500 drivers nationwide and a plethora of operators across the UK in the transportation sector. Avail supplies only fully PAYE drivers, and therefore boasts complete IR35 compliance, protecting operators from potential fines from incoming legislation changes. Ex-military logistics expert, founder & CEO of Avail, Erin Short, comments:

“We have been working with Logistics UK for over a year to bring us to this point and I am delighted to see it finally launch. I believe our affiliation will be a game changer for the industry. When I left the army six years ago, I became a temporary HGV driver for a period, and I saw how frustrating it was for all involved.

”I came up with the idea of Avail, a solution to the issues I saw, and began work on the platform on my days off. Now my idea has become the largest HGV driver app in the industry, is bringing real change, and it is amazing for me to see.”

Avail is an online booking app that puts operators directly in contact with temp drivers for a flat £7.50 fee allowing the operator to save on agency fees and select how much they want to the driver to receive. Avail aims to improve driver conditions within the industry by improving driver pay within the sector, increasing driver job satisfaction, and improving driver retention and reliability.

Members of Logistics UK can access the new platform by clicking HERE.