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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Transport Manager. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Transport Manager
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Transport Manager Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Road transport managers have responsibility for planning the routes and schedules of drivers involved in road haulage, distribution and logistics or passenger transport. They must ensure that all operations are carried out in accordance with UK and EU laws and regulations governing vehicle safety, environmental controls on fuel emissions and traffic congestion, driver hours, customs requirements, and food hygiene where applicable. The most economical method of completing the journey must be calculated as there will be budgetary restrictions.

Hours and Environment:

Weekends and shift work to cover 24-hour operations are the norm.
The working environment varies from offices and depots to visiting vehicles on the road in all weathers.

Skills and Interests:

To be a road transport manager you should:

  • have strong organisational skills for planning schedules, journeys and loads
  • have good numeracy skills for financial management
  • be able to think logically and analytically
  • be flexible and able to make decisions quickly
  • have strong communication skills to deal with various people from drivers to government officials
  • be computer literate
  • be prepared to work in a variety of differing locations and conditions
  • be comfortable working in a hands-on, practical situation.


The essential qualification for a road transport manager is the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) of the Department for Transport, Local Government and Regions (DTLR) - (Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland), which equates approximately to NVQ level 3. Every site operating a road transport business is required to have at least one person (usually a manager) with this qualification.

There are four types of certificate: National or International Road Haulage Operations; National or International Passenger Transport Operations. The training for these qualifications is offered at many centres throughout the UK - a list of centres is available from Skills for Logistics; the list is also available via the Skills for Logistics website. Applicants for road transport manager positions will be expected to have the relevant certificate.

There is no other specific qualification requirement to enter work as a road transport manager. Many people work up to management level from positions as a driver, clerical assistant, administrator, or warehouse operative. Some move into this work from management positions in other sectors.

You can enter road transport management as a graduate in any subject, or with a specialist degree in transport management, or a degree in business studies or planning with options in transport. Some people enter with an MSc in transportation management.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


If you enter road transport in a clerical, driving or warehousing capacity, you may take NVQ/SVQs at Level 2 in Organising Road Transport Operations, Distribution and Warehousing, Transporting Goods by Road, or Transporting Passengers by Road. There are NVQ/SVQs also available at Level 3 in Performing Road Haulage and Distribution Operations; and Transporting Passengers by Road (Long Itineraries).

You could also study for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications either part-time at a local college or by distance learning.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


There are numerous employers of road transport managers. These include:

  • logistics and distribution companies
  • bus and coach companies
  • the Post Office, or other parcel delivery firms
  • manufacturers and retail chains
  • car and van hire and contract fleets.

Road transport management offers the chance to move between different types of company or to specialise in other modes of transport, such as rail, sea or air. With large multi-national companies, there are opportunities for managers to work overseas. Some opt to move into transport planning and consultancy.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Starting salaries in smaller companies are around £22,000 a year.
Some, especially graduates and those working for larger companies, can earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year. Some transport managers are on a top salary of £80,000.

Further information:

Skills for Logistics
14 Warren Yard
Warren Farm Office Village
Stratford Road
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NW
Tel: 01908 313360

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)
Logistics and Transport Centre
Earlstrees Court
Earlstrees Road
NN17 4AX
Tel: 01536 740100

Concorde House
Trinity Park
B37 7UQ
Tel: 0121 635 5520

Other Useful Transport Manager Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Transport Manager job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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