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Van Driver Profile

 
Introduction

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 Van Driver. This page details the following Information:-

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


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Working Duties Expected

Van drivers are mainly involved with deliveries. It is the drivers responsibility to collect goods and load the vehicle according to written instructions. Route planning is important to ensure that deliveries are made on time. Once the goods have been transported, the driver unloads at the drop off point and records the delivery.

Vehicles vary in size, depending on the type of licence the driver holds. A van could be a small car or a light commercial vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes. In vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, a tachograph in the cab records the number of hours spent driving, resting and loading or unloading. It also measures the speed of the van and the distance travelled.

If delivering valuables or cash, a specially adapted van with a time-lock safe or other security features, may be required.

Hours and Environment:

Hours vary, but an average week could be between 40 and 48 hours. Some companies offer overtime in the evenings and at weekends.

Drivers work in all weathers, and sometimes have to deal with hazardous driving conditions.

In some jobs, they might have to wear a uniform and, if carrying valuables, they may wear body armour and a helmet.

Skills and Interests:

To be a van driver you should:

  • enjoy driving and have excellent practical driving skills
  • be able to work alone and have a good level of concentration
  • be patient, and have a polite attitude towards other road users
  • have good communication skills
  • have an awareness of general road safety
  • have a good geographical knowledge of the area
  • be able to complete record sheets and paperwork
  • be accurate and scrupulous in dealing with money.

Entry:

No formal academic qualifications are required, however, basic ability in English and maths is needed. An appropriate licence and a good driving record, as well as good eyesight and colour vision, are essential.

If you passed your car test after 1 January 1997, you can only drive vans under 3.5 tonnes. You need to pass the LGV medical, theory and practical tests to gain your C1 category licence before you can drive vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes. Further practical tests have to be taken for categories C and C+E.

Skills for Logistics, the Road Haulage Association and the Driving Standards Agency hold details of LGV training providers throughout the country.

If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997, you are automatically entitled to the C1 licence and can drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes.

Training:

Some companies may train their drivers and put them through the C1 test, but it is also possible to train privately at a specialist driving school and then take the test independently.

Other aspects of the work, such as paperwork, company rules and the types of goods to be transported, may be taught in classroom sessions or on the job. New drivers are usually shown the routes and procedures by more experienced drivers. If you are to drive valuables, you may also need training in defensive driving and personal security.

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).

Trainees on Modern Apprenticeships can take NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Transporting Goods by Road, Driving Goods Vehicles at levels 2 and 3, or Performing Road Haulage and Distribution Operations at Level 3. They may then go on to units from Level 3 Supervisory Management before being awarded an Apprenticeship Certificate by Skills for Logistics. Apprenticeships take from two to three years.

There are also NVQs/SVQs in Road Haulage and Distribution at levels 1 and 2.

Opportunities:

As a van driver, there are opportunities to work for a huge range of manufacturing, service and retail companies, throughout the country.

Opportunity for promotion would be in related areas of transport and retail.

By taking the C+E category test, you could drive large goods vehicles for a haulage or distribution company.

Annual Income:

These figures are intended as a guideline only.

Full-time drivers could earn between £7,800 to £15,600.

Further information:

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

Road Haulage Association
Roadway House
35 Monument Hill
Weybridge
KT13 8RN
Tel: 01932 841515
www.rha.net

Driving Standards Agency
Stanley House
56 Talbot Street
Nottingham
NG1 5GU
Tel: 0115 901 2500
www.dsa.gov.uk

* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk

Other Useful Van Driver Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Van Driver 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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