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How to prepare for your Driver CPC training

It’s an inevitable part of being a professional driver – as of 2015, all commercial drivers on the road are expected to have a valid Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC), which has to be kept up-to-date with periodic training every 5 years.

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Women behind the wheel

When you picture a lorry driver, what comes to mind? The stereotype of a trucker is a middle-aged man, which isn’t far from fact – the average lorry driver is a 51-year-old male, but in recent years we’re seeing a growing number of women behind the wheel.

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Top tips for driving safely this winter

Tips for staying safe on the road in this horrendous weather (good weather if you’re a kid getting the week off school!) are understandably being shared everywhere this week. Without an end to the snowy blizzard in sight (we’re being dramatic, the snow will be gone by next week), here are our top tips to get you through not only snow but flooding and fog.

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Changes to fines for commercial drivers

From the 5th March 2018, the rules around fining drivers for committing driving hours offences are changing. When the new rules come into effect, if you’re caught you could be fined up to £300 and can also be prosecuted or have your vehicle immobilised. It won’t just apply to offences committed that day, but anytime the rules are broken in the last 28 days, meaning the fines can be huge.

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Best apps for lorry drivers

As Bluestones Warrington’s Operations Director put it so well, “back in the day when I was a lad/driver we used good old-fashioned street maps and the tongue in our heads to ask for directions, had to use a call box to make phone calls and had what was called a BT chargecard which direct dialled the office. None of this electronic stuff…”

But, those days have gone (for better or worse, we don’t know yet) and there is now a whole host of apps available to make life on the road a little easier. Whether you opt for the free apps or shell out a bit of money for the premium ones, there’s no doubt there’s something out there to help you with your job

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Logistics predictions for 2018

Another exciting, and busy(!) year in logistics has almost passed but we’re not resting on our laurels! 2018 will soon be upon us and we’re rapidly preparing for what the new year will bring us, our drivers and the logistics industry.

Logistics Predictions

2017 has already been a huge year for logistics – from the announcement of driverless lorry trials to increased regulations on rest breaks. We’ve got our crystal ball out (we are, however, not Mystic Meg) to predict what could possibly affect the industry in the coming 12 months.

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Bluestones Logistics crown Drivers of the Year

As part of a month-long celebration of the UK’s professional drivers, a specialist logistics agency has crowned three candidates as their Drivers of the Year.

Throughout the whole of November, Bluestones Logistics ran their Thank You Truckers campaign to celebrate the men and women who work as drivers in the country’s busy logistics industry. As part of the new campaign, the agency also launched their Driver of the Year awards to recognise and reward their hardest working candidates.

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If the trucks stopped trucking

We know that truckers are essential to keep the country’s economy afloat, but what would actually happen if one day all the UK’s professional drivers just downed tools (vehicles!) and stopped doing the job everyone depends on?

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Best and worst roads in the UK

The UK’s road network covers an impressive 245,000 miles, with approximately 40 million vehicles navigating them daily. The country’s roads have improved a lot since their humble beginnings 2000 years ago, but not all roads have been created (or maintained!) equal. As the people who spend the most time and travel the most miles on this nation’s roads do you know what the best and worst roads to drive on are?

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Bluestones Logistics launches “Thank you truckers” campaign

Bluestones Logistics has launched a new campaign celebrating the people who work one of the country’s most demanding and important jobs – professional driving.

The “Thank you truckers” campaign has been designed to celebrate professional drivers, who are often overlooked, and remind the public of the important job these people do. 

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