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HGV Drivers Report In!

Discussion in 'Motors' started by shauncr91, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. shauncr91

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,370

    Location: Sheffield

    Following on from Scania's thread showing off his new motor I was surprised to see how many others are in the industry on here, and the amount of interest from those who aren't.

    So who does what and drives what? I'll go first, currently doing day work on a mixture of pallet network and general haulage, although it'll be just permanent general haulage after the new year with some nights out also.

    My whip, not the prettiest but she gets the job done and it's a nice place to be inside (Hoping for a new motor before long though)

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  2. jsmoke

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 17, 2012

    Posts: 7,194

    I've actually just applied for my cat c provisional. It would be a career change and whether I'll actually ever use it or not is another matter but I wanted another skillset under my belt. If I get the provisional I would do the mod 3 sometime in February or so.

    Nice 6 axel 44 tonne artic there btw.
     
  3. HoneyBadger

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 2, 2016

    Posts: 2,299

    Location: Kent

    *Fires up Euro Truck Simulator 2 and gets some pics of my pimped Volvo FH16!*
     
  4. Scania

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 23,232

    Location: On the road....

    I was going to reply but I think you know my horse :D

    Working for a small family run business in Stoke doing U.K. Distribution work for a few contracts, Jiffy Packaging, Belle Engineering, Twyford Bathrooms amongst others.

    I do day shifts now (got fed up with sleeping in lay-bys and fighting off Gypo’s trying to steal my diesel) so my horse varies, currently got the new Scania but often drive the older models and we’ve got some MAN’s 5 new ones and the rest - soon to be retired - 60,61 & 16 plates)


    After 10+ years at Eddie Stobart I much prefer this and won’t be going back despite keep getting asked to! :)
     
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  5. jsmoke

    Soldato

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    So people are trying to Syphon your fuel?

    Any other stories/tips?
     
  6. shauncr91

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    Location: Sheffield

    It's a common occurrence and if they aren't nicking your fuel then it's your load. Sadly there's a severe lack of safe parking spaces for HGV's in the UK and no authorities are acting on the issue. If someone's nicking your load or fuel then just leave them to it and call the police, it's all insured and generally the thieves won't bother the driver unless they intervene.
     
  7. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,555

    This thread is useless to me unless we start getting pictures of the best fry ups found whilst out on the road and the establishment details of where you found them!

    Get to work truckers, we want bacons, sausages, black pudding, fried bread, more bacon, more sausage and no beans anywhere near the meat!!
     
  8. Scania

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    Location: On the road....

    I refer you to the line at 0:36 about cafe food.... ;)


    :D
     
  9. K.C. Leblanc

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Sep 13, 2003

    Posts: 8,004

    Location: Glocestershire

    I drive for Co-op on agency when I'm not doing more exciting things.
     
  10. Outcast

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,880

    Location: Peterboro, Distro:Ubuntu

    I've been doing this malarkey since 1985.
    I now night trunk for the UK side of (probably) the largest haulier in Europe Nagel

    As you can see from the time of this post I'm "Job & Finish". I've had a nice easy run to Redditch & back. 4 hours & home ! (7 week rota - Other nights I go to Taunton (& back) or Liverpool or (last night) swap trailers with a sweaty sock at Lymm services. Night before was Dover.

    Wagons we use are Merc & Scanias. Nothing fancy as they are Lease Hire jobs. In fact the Scanias are LOCKED into Eco mode only <-- Very boring

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    Me in 1986 (I think)

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    & Me last summer...
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  11. Django x2

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    Location: Britain

    How many prostitutes can someone fit in the back of said Wagon...
     
  12. Scania

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    Location: On the road....

    Fuel theft is common, if you’ve got a single tank you either park in such a way so the tank is up against something to make access difficult or you make sure you park with the tank facing the road, thieves don’t like to be seen doing their deed.

    Tips? Plenty most likely, anything in particular?

    Stories, heck where do I start?

    I could tell you all about the time I took some thieves on a little refrigerated ride from Doncaster to Market Drayton or the time I got slashed with a razor after I disturbed someone cutting my trailer curtain, I could (should) write a book!
     
  13. jsmoke

    Soldato

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    Are there not locks for fuel caps?
     
  14. shauncr91

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    Yes but they just bust them off with an oil filter wrench. If they can't get in through the cap they'll take it through the sender unit if it's exposed or drill the tank if not.
     
  15. Fusion

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    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 9,855

    Location: Notts

    What's realistically the highest wage you'd earn driving for a big carrier? My mate (who's absolutely full of it) reckons he makes £60k driving for NFT (and £1700 in a week).

    Like anything there's lots of variables involved, but I'd have said £35k max (Glassdoor salary reports are mostly in the £25-£33k range).
     
  16. Outcast

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 25, 2008

    Posts: 2,880

    Location: Peterboro, Distro:Ubuntu

    Complete utter BullCrap.

    ADR & Tanker drivers are probably on the highest wage and they are on about £50k-ish

    I do every other friday night (tonight) on an overtime rota but no Bank Holidays etc and I'm on £35k

    I've paid my mortgage off so don't need or want to "Power Earn" anymore. I've rather have Family time !
     
  17. Scania

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    Yes but scallys don’t care about ripping out the fuel sender to get the siphon hose in which renders them a tad useless.
     
  18. Scania

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    You said it - full of it! :p

    I’m on ballpark £32k, but average 60+ hours per week for it, the money is there but you do long hours to get it.

    As Outcast says, tanker drivers can earn more but not everyone is within realistic travelling time of a fuel depot - I think the nearest for me would be Manchester, given the hours are long already there’s no way I’m going to add an hour + commute each way to what can already be a 15hour day.

    Many drivers will tell you there earning £800 - £1k per week, it’s what ideally we’d like to be picking up especially given the long and usually unsocial hours - never mind the responsibility and governance by law where you get fined if you mess up your tachograph hours - but unfortunately your only a professional in the eyes of the law when you screw up, to the industry - and Joe public - truck drivers are an inconvenience.

    It’s a highly skilled job imo where you never stop learning (any driver who knows it all is a fool) but it’s one of the few jobs I can think of that requires training and multiple classes of license and periodic training on top where somebody with say 20+ years experience is on exactly the same wage as a kid who passed yesterday...

    It’s a joke yet the industry wonders why there’s an ever increasing HGV driver shortage!
     
  19. Fusion

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    Location: Notts

    Cheers for the replies. Always nice to hear from someone else actually doing the job, especially when they're honest!
     
  20. shauncr91

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    I think the big earnings on tankers has passed now from what I've heard from people in that game and jobs I've seen advertised, there was big money to be earned but not so much anymore and those firms that are paying good money on it aren't recruiting, very much dead mans boots positions. I can't think of any positions where earnings are high across the board at the moment, I know trampers up north running up to 150t specialist work taking home little more than RDC drivers on curtains (Day men).

    The next 5-10 years are going to be extremely interesting I feel as UK drivers retire without much young blood coming into it, also the effects of Brexit will be interesting at the same time.
     
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