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Milestone Operations A top 1000 Company to Inspire Britain

The London Stock Exchange has named Milestone one of 1000, small to medium sized UK companies, whose fast growth should inspire Britain in 2015.

1000 Companies to Inspire Britain is an annual celebration of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium enterprises in the UK.

We’ve made it on to the list!

http://www.lseg.com/resources/1000-companies-inspire-britain

Milestone Operations Sponsors 30th Motor Transport Awards

2664MTWebsiteHeader950x120 Milestone Operations Sponsors 30th Motor Transport AwardsThe 30th Motor Transport Awards is taking place in London on the 1st July and Milestone are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the Training Award!

Entrants in ‘The Training Award’ category must show how they have improved company performance through training staff over the past year to 18 months. With over 1,600 guests attending last year, it is the transport industry’s very own ‘Oscars’ and to win or even to be shortlisted, shows you have reached the very highest of industry standards.

The full list of award categories are:

Apprenticeship of the Year
Best Use of Technology
Business Excellence Award
Customer Care Award
Fleet Truck of the Year
Fleet Van of the Year
Haulier of the Year
Home Deliver Operator of the Year
Innovation Award
Livery of the Year
Low Carbon Award
Operational and Compliance Excellence Award
Partnership Award
Service to Industry Award
Team of the Year
Technical Excellence Aware
Training Award
Temperature Controlled Operator of the Year

To Add to Your Diary:

20 March – entry deadline
5 May – shortlist announced (fingers crossed!)
1 July – MT Awards 2015 – where the winners will be announced.

Good luck to everyone entering and see you all there in July!!!

Visit http://www.mtawards.co.uk/ for more information.

And full details for how to enter the awards can be found here: http://www.mtawards.co.uk/mtawards2015/how-to-enter

Milestone’s Branding is Changing …

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You may have noticed that Milestone’s logo looks a little different than usual! As we grow and adapt so should our branding.

It’s all about change at Milestone with new branding to cement our vision of Milestone as a focussed operational powerhouse!

This efficient no nonsense approach is reflected in the branding’s sleek and modern style that will stay with us as we continue to grow.

We have grown up and are embracing a simpler representation of our core service i.e drivers!  Our most valued resource.

The locator symbol represents the logistics industry while the man in the centre of the icon represents the drivers at the heart of Milestone. The blue and green colours still signify sky and land but the more muted tones contribute to a more mature and polished look.

 

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5 Useful Apps for Truckers in the UK

1. Trucker Timer
Trucker Timer is the only application designed to help truck drivers in the UK to track their driving hours and avoid fatigue violations. You can save yourself a fine and maximise your driving hours, and earning, using the apps’ advanced tachograph and driving log.

 

2. Truckstop UK
Using the mapping and GPS features of the iPhone, Truckstop aims to help drivers and freight transport operators plan their journeys, rest and park safe. The app makes it easier for drivers to take regular rests knowing they are safe and that their vehicle and loads are secure.
Details for each Truck Stop on the app include
• Name, address and post code
• Telephone number (including one touch calling)
• Opening times
• Number of parking bay (both day and night)
• Availability of facilities

 

3. Navtruck
Navtruck is the first GPS navigation application specifically for HGVs. Unlike consumer navigation apps, NavTruck takes into account truck-restricted and prohibited roads to provide drivers safe and reliable navigation on truck-legal roads. It automatically calculates routes based on your vehicle size, weight, width and load type to avoid commercial truck restrictions. It also has voice guidance designed for IPhones.

 

4. Voice Text Pro:
Accident statistics show that texting and driving absolutely do not mix. Voice Text Pro allows the user to speak into their phone so the words can be converted into text, all while keeping your eyes and attention fixed on the road.

 

5. HGV Parking
HGV Parking HGVparking.com allows drivers easy access to over 800 lorry parking locations at their fingertips. It lets drivers see what locations are near them at any time or search areas further afield. Drivers can easily switch between the six different categories of parking area which are unique to HGVparking.com.

 

 

All information is given to the best of Milestone’s knowledge and is believed to be accurate. Milestone disclaims any responsibility or liability relating to the use of the suggested products.

 

Is the CPC creating a driver shortage?

Fears are growing that the UK is going to face a severe shortage of drivers this autumn in 2014’s hectic pre-Christmas period. Summer has arrived, soon the September 2014 CPC deadline will be fast approaching and all LGV drivers without it will not be legally able to drive in the UK.

The CPC is made up of five modules which each take seven hours to complete and cost £40 per module. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) believes that the shortage of LGV drivers will be made worse by the deadline. The need for a CPC qualification, and the money and time it costs, could push part-time, foreign and semi-retired drivers out of the industry just when they are most desperately needed.

A report we conducted found that 7% of drivers do not intend to undertake Driver CPC training at all and thousands of existing drivers are leaving their CPC to the last minute. These drivers will find themselves unable to work legally and unemployable.

Foreign truck drivers who aren’t CPC trained when driving in the UK will face a £30 roadside penalty and UK drivers in the same position could even face a fine of up to £1,000 and possible points on their licence.

On top of that the existing driving workforce is also ageing significantly: 65% of current UK C and C+E licence holders are over 40; and only 11 per cent are in their 20s. Almost as many drivers are over sixty as under thirty. New entrants to the driving workforce have dropped from a record high of 48,227 in 2005 to a low of 25,000 in 2012 – almost a 50% fall.

Foreign drivers which have in the past been used to patch up the hole in the UK driver pool will be unable to start working in the UK before they have completed their CPC. New entrants into the industry will also have to complete it before they can begin work. With many older drivers retiring as the CPC deadline approaches and few new drivers entering the trade numbers are falling short.

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