Health Issues

Our features, opinions and tips for a healthy life as truck driver

Health and Safety Legislation Checklist for Fleet Drivers

Are you an employee in general haulage & warehousing or wholesale and retail liquids? While every delivery is made in each particular sector, the drivers are exposed to potential hazards that might arise from several things. According to the HSE road haulage safety, nearly 60 employees are killed, and an estimated 5000 are injured in haulage and distribution over the course of 5 years. Health and safety legislation is considered lengthy paperwork with red tapes, expenses and jaded rules that are difficult to understand. So, the below information is provided to help all the employers on the road businesses and our FleetSpeak readers to understand easily & do a better job of ensuring the health and safety legislation at work. Managing health and safety legislation Understanding the f...[Read More]

Bristol Clean Air Zone Expected Launch in June 2022

According to the Health Impact reports of London, there are an estimated 75,000 older, more polluting vehicles in the higher grounds of London currently. Due to which the Bristol clean air zone (CAZ) was issued where these non-compliant vehicles will be charged. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees has already confirmed the UK government will support the CAZ scheme. “We will be introducing the most wide-ranging clean air zones in the UK which will not only reduce the noise pollution on the roads but will also help change how we travel by delivering the city with a clean, green & healthy lifestyle.” Said Marvin Rees.   Mr Rees has also added before, “With great responsibility & ambition to reduce pollution in the UK, we also want to minimise any consequences impacting citizen...[Read More]

Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map: Timing & Charges

What is Clean Air Zone (CAZ)? Before considering the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map, let’s figure out what CAZ means. CAZ (Clean Air Zones) is a specific region in which prime measures are imposed to improve the air quality of that area. CAZ can be confined within a particular road or a whole block of the city that affects all the commercial and non-commercial vehicles with a charge or fine for entering. Initially, in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map, there are two types of Clean Air Zone i.e., ‘Charging’ and ‘Non-Charging’ In a Charging Area, all the Commercial and non-commercial vehicle drivers are charged with a fee to enter the CAZ if their vehicle does not meet the Environment Standard Requirement. The Environment Standard Requirement in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map is most...[Read More]

HGV drivers deserve promised support for sleeping locations

Promised government support to help HGV drivers in the UK with sleeping and parking spaces has not been delivered, Logistics UK says.

3,253 bus and HGV drivers lose licence because of eyesight

A shocking number of bus and HGV drivers have lost their driving licences because they have failed an eyesight test after being stopped by the police.

A trucker’s diet may affect their skills

Research has revealed that truck drivers with a poor diet may be increasing their risk of dangerous and fatigued driving.

Covid-19 testing for lorry drivers entering UK

New coronavirus rules applying to hauliers from outside the UK has come into effect on 6 April.

Common injuries from a truck accident

When you drive for a living, it’s important that you understand road safety. Not just for your own safety as a truck driver, but also for the safety of those around you. When talking about accidents, there are huge differences between a car and a truck – not least that a truck is much larger and heavier than a car. As a result, there are also huge differences between what happens when either one is involved in an accident. Data shows that more than 5,000 HGVs were involved in road traffic accidents in Great Britain during 2017. Clearly, accidents are going to happen – and with accidents come injuries.  As a truck driver, it’s important you’re prepared should you be involved in an accident yourself. When you pitch a truck against a car, it’s almost certainly going to be the car that comes o...[Read More]

How to tell if someone has a drinking problem

Think you know how to spot someone with a drinking problem? Sometimes it’s not as easy as it seems. Lots of people talk about the UK’s drinking culture – we drink to relax, to socialise and to spend time in our local pub. But, we all drink in different ways and to different degrees, which can make spotting a drinking problem in someone else a challenge. According to research, Brits get drunk more than everyone else in the world (on average, once a week). But how does that translate into drink driving statistics? Drink driving: The reality of drinking when you drive for a living It’s not easy keeping up appearances when you have a drink problem, whether at home or at work. But when you drive a truck for a living, the idea that you can hide a drink problem feels downright dangerous. The majo...[Read More]

Campaign to tackle truck driver mental health

The newly-launched CALM Driver campaign aims to raise awareness of truck drivers’ mental health. A collaborative effort between Driving for Better Business (DfBB), Highways England and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the campaign also wants to reduce the stigma surrounding the subject. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the suicide rate for truck drivers is 20% higher than the national average. The combination of unpredictable journey times, traffic congestion, tight deadlines, heavy workloads, and limited social interaction is affecting the mental health of truck drivers of all ages. Speaking about the new campaign, Mark Cartwright, head of commercial vehicle incident prevention at Highways England, said: “Drivers who get behind the wheel whe...[Read More]

Risk of fatal injury high in transport sector

New data has revealed the transport sector has an injury rate far higher than the average in other sectors.

Vegan truckers – are you up for joining the trend?

Yes, following a vegan diet when working in trucking will probably require a bit more thought and effort. But the benefits of eating a healthy diet are not to be scoffed at.