Monthly Archive: October 2016

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Lorry driver who ploughed into and killed family of four as he used his phone at the wheel jailed for 10 years

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Lorry driver who ploughed into and killed family of four as he used his phone at the wheel jailed for 10 years
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Their car was shunted underneath the back of a heavy goods vehicle and crushed to a third of its size, immediately killing the family, from Bedfordshire, at the scene on the A34 dual carriageway north of Newbury in Berkshire. Kroker, from Andover
A34 crash lorry driver jailed for killing family while on phoneSky News
Anger at 10-year sentence for lorry driver who killed family while using his phoneMetro
Harrowing dashcam footage shows lorry driver using mobile phone moments before killing mum and three kids in …Mirror.co.uk
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Truck driver killed on Route 58 in Halifax County 0

Truck driver killed on Route 58 in Halifax County

HALIFAX CO., Va. (WDBJ7) State police say a man was killed after he drove off the side of the road in Halifax County on Friday afternoon. It happened at 2:30 p.m. on Route 58, less than a mile west of Route 658. A man driving a medium duty truck was headed east on Route 58 when he ran off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected, causing the truck to run off the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected again, causing the truck to flip over. The driver, Tecorio H. McDonald, 26, of Durham, N.C., was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the truck. He died at the scene. State police are investigating what may have caused the accident.

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HGV driver shortage tackled head on by North East firm

A North East firm has launched a new logistics training academy to help tackle the national shortage of qualified HGV drivers.

An ageing workforce means the haulage sector is losing thousands of drivers every year, with the Road Haulage Association estimating that the UK is currently short of 60,000 qualified drivers with a further 40,000 set to leave by next year.

Driving Careers, a trading division of Talent Training (UK) LLP, has been launched by North East businessman David Harper to help young people get the right training support to enable them to apply for HGV jobs in future.

Together with group chief executive Sam Morgan and commercial director Andrew Murphy, the division, based in Hebburn, South Tyneside[1] , aims to provide specialist HGV training, taking an individual from a car to truck licence in under 10 weeks.

Applicants also only start paying back the training fee once they have secured employment in the industry.

Mr Morgan said: “We have brought together specialist HGV instructors who will support individuals every step of the way, from organising their medical, right through to their practical training and test.

“The key advantage is that often applicants will receive their training via government approved funding or student loans, the average salary of a qualified driver is 25% above the average wage and therefore a clear driver for the learner to progress in his career.

“The new division is in-keeping with our company demographic as we hold many logistics clients including Eddie Stobart Limited, Stobart Group, Elddis Transport and Fowler Welch who are all keen to recruit new drivers and are often involved in the delivery of the training as well as providing practical advice to the students.

“It was a key strategic direction for the business to ensure that we had the appropriate facilities to ensure our clients and the general public had the best level of training available.”

Mr Harper, who is company chairman, said: “Driving Careers isn’t just about training potential drivers; it’s about changing the lives of our customers. Our employers are delighted with their new drivers and the new drivers with their jobs.”

References

  1. ^ the division, based in Hebburn, South Tyneside (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)