PML pays for driver training

London, UK: PML is paying for driver training in a bid to address the shortage of HGV drivers.

PML will pay for the training of eight dedicated drivers, to be based at the company’s London Heathrow headquarters, as well as the soon to be opened Lympne, Kent site.

Mike Parr, managing director, PML said the company will finance the complete training for the right candidates, as long as the applicants are able to demonstrate commitment to the highest standards of customer service.

PML has previously voiced its concerns over the welfare of drivers, supporting Logistics UK’s comments regarding the banning of lorry parking for more than 45 minutes at a time in lay-bys in Kent and responding with news of the upcoming operation at Lympne which will provide safe parking and additional welfare facilities.

Parr said: “The HGV driver shortage is reaching crisis point and the knock-on effect of this impacting on the supply of essential fresh produce and pharmaceutical goods is something that we at PML predicted six months ago.

“Lorry drivers responsible for delivering vital food and pharmacy supplies are without doubt essential workers, and we ensure that that as such, they are well rewarded when they join the company, not only by a favourable package of benefits but also in terms of providing best-in-class facilities for them to access whilst they are working to ensure their continued physical and mental wellbeing.”

For details about training at PML contact: recruitment@pml-ltd.com.

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