What Type Of Driving Role Are You Best Suited To?
If you hold a full, clean UK driving licence then find out what your options are if you’re interested in a career in driving in 2018.
Whether you’re looking for a career with the flexibility to set your own hours, prefer working by yourself or simply love being behind the wheel, working in the driving industry can be a great choice for many. But there is a huge difference between riding a limo-bike around London and joining a team of European road transporters in driving long-distance freight to the continent and back. So how do you choose the right role for you? Here are 10 options for driving careers you might choose to embark on in the New Year.
Home Delivery Drivers
The future is bright for this sector as online shopping continues to grow in the UK. According to the ONS, online sales increased by 21.3% during 2016 and leave the UK second only to Norway for ecommerce sales in Europe. With such rapid growth, more drivers are required to fulfil these deliveries and dispatch goods to addresses all over the nation.
Medical Care Drivers
Many outpatients attend hospitals or medical facilities frequently for regular treatment or consultations. Dialysis patients for example are required to visit hospital three or four times a week and many need assistance in getting to or from the appointment. Medical care drivers are not trained paramedics but must have great communication skills and enjoy interaction with the public.
Mobile Library Driver
You can serve the community by providing a library service to those who might find it difficult or inconvenient to visit the public library building. To drive a mobile library, you’ll need to be able to drive a Maximum Capacity Vehicle, Class C. You’ll also require a licence to drive C1 vehicles of up to 7.5 tonnes.
The logistics sector is worth an estimated £42 billion each year, but is suffering something of a driver crisis at the moment as only 2% of the workforce are under 25 years of age, while 60% are over 45. There are more than half a million drivers required in this industry, so why not join them by taking your LGV test?
Public transport is at the heart of creating a greener nation and reducing the number of private vehicles on the road. London’s buses carry around 6.5 million passengers each day, but this can only happen if there are enough bus drivers assigned to the routes. Why not join them in 2018?
Forklift Truck Driving
If you’re looking to get started in a role quickly, without the need for a specialist qualification, then becoming a forklift truck driver could be the job for you. Minimal training is required and there are many vacancies available in warehouses across the UK.
Although TFL have famously refused to renew Uber’s operating licence in London, the current Mayor believes that the future still looks bright for the ride-hailing app. If you’d like to become an Uber driver, then you can set your own hours and work to earn a little bit of extra pocket money or as a full-time career.
Black Cab Driver
Alternatively, if you’ve always fancied the idea of knowing the capital like the back of your hand, then you can learn ‘The Knowledge’ and become a hackney carriage driver. Outside of London the testing is less rigorous but still requires you to take a taxi driver theory and practical tests to become licenced by the Passenger Transport Licensing Division of the Driver and Vehicle Agency.
This wide and varied role may involve working for a company of chauffeurs, a private client or just setting up your own chauffeur business. Many will require you to take advanced driver training and it would also be expected that you dress smartly, are polite and courteous.
School Minibus Drivers
Many private schools across the UK employ drivers for their fleet of minibuses. The job might involve picking up children in the mornings, and dropping them back off in the evenings. You may also be expected to be the driver on school trips and to sports matches. All drivers in this role will need to be CRB and DBS-checked.
When determining the best role for you as a driver, have a think about the type of work/life balance you’re interested in as well as the qualifications that you already hold. At the very least, you’ll need to make sure that you possess a full, clean UK driving licence.