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How much shopping do you plan to do online this Christmas season? If you are like most Britons, you will be doing a lot of it. Moreover, thanks to your willingness to work with online retailers such as Amazon, more people are able to find work as professional drivers. Van driving jobs are popping up all over in support of online retail business.

As Fleet News UK explains, Amazon is just one company that relies on large fleets of vans to deliver products throughout the UK. However, the company prefers to contract delivery services rather than maintain its own fleet. It has chosen to do so because of the size and scope of its expanding delivery services.

In order to deliver products more quickly, Amazon has set up 13 delivery hubs and two sorting centres in the UK; a massive undertaking that the company believes is necessary if it hopes to remain the world’s dominant online retailer. Yet it is more cost-effective and efficient for Amazon to leave the actual delivery services to contractors. Its strategy is good for the contractors inasmuch as Amazon’s business helps those companies grow as well.

Statistics show that the number of LGVs on British roads has increased every year since 1996. This includes the delivery vans used by companies contracting with online retailers. As of the middle of this year (2014), the total number of commercial vans on the road in Britain had risen to more than 3.4 million. Experts expect that number to continue growing for the foreseeable future.

The only major concern that retailers and contractors are worried about at this point is finding enough workers to fill available van driving jobs. If they can find a way to overcome the driver shortage, business prospects look good for the long-term.

Van Driver Training

The law regarding van driving and licencing is determined by the size and weight of the vehicles in question. Some smaller vans can be legally operated with a regular car licence; larger and heavier vans may require an additional entitlement or commercial licence. You can learn more about these requirements by consulting the appropriate government website or contacting us at the HGV Training Centre.

We provide van driver training for individuals who require an additional entitlement or commercial licence. Our training teaches students that which they need to know to pass their tests the first time. We include training for both the theory test and the practical skills test; bear in mind that we are not authorised to conduct the tests ourselves.

The HGV Training Centre is proud to be a leading provider of commercial driver training across the UK. Our training can prepare you to drive delivery vans, articulated lorries, tipper trucks, buses, coaches, minibuses, heavy construction equipment, forklifts, and more. We even offer individual training for non-commercial drivers towing light trailers or caravans. Our training is affordable, convenient, and effective.

Interested in finding out more? Feel free to contact us on our freephone number or through this website.

Sources:

Fleet News UK – https://www.commercialfleet.org/news/2014/12/12/amazon-logistics-outsources-fleet-role-to-regional-couriers/54320/

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