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What area of truck driving is better to get into if you want a semi decent work life balance?
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Store deliveries are what I've found to be okay and working nights.
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Iansly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:21 am Store deliveries are what I've found to be okay and working nights.
supermarket?
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Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:21 am
Iansly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:21 am Store deliveries are what I've found to be okay and working nights.
supermarket?
any stores really. Personally I work for a motor factor. No nights out, finish shift and go home every day and work nights so empty road. Only down side is its tail lift work but even the heaviest of cages aren't that much hard work.
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I’m a subcontractor for home bargains. We run from Liverpool to the north east. 1 sometimes 2 stores and back. I’m nights but only 2 of my 4 are finishing after midnight. Nice and easy.
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michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:24 am I’m a subcontractor for home bargains. We run from Liverpool to the north east. 1 sometimes 2 stores and back. I’m nights but only 2 of my 4 are finishing after midnight. Nice and easy.
a load of our drivers moved to home bargains about 6 months ago. Think only the shunter stayed, the others have moved on again 🤔
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davico wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:28 am
michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:24 am I’m a subcontractor for home bargains. We run from Liverpool to the north east. 1 sometimes 2 stores and back. I’m nights but only 2 of my 4 are finishing after midnight. Nice and easy.
a load of our drivers moved to home bargains about 6 months ago. Think only the shunter stayed, the others have moved on again 🤔
not sure why it’s easy store deliveries and only local. 4 on 4 off and 37k days and 46k nights 11 and 3/4 hour shifts.
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michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:29 am
davico wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:28 am
michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:24 am I’m a subcontractor for home bargains. We run from Liverpool to the north east. 1 sometimes 2 stores and back. I’m nights but only 2 of my 4 are finishing after midnight. Nice and easy.
a load of our drivers moved to home bargains about 6 months ago. Think only the shunter stayed, the others have moved on again 🤔
not sure why it’s easy store deliveries and only local. 4 on 4 off and 37k days and 46k nights 11 and 3/4 hour shifts.
any idea when they're next taking on drivers? Asda are paying £37k on nights 😭
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davico wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:29 am
michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:29 am
davico wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:28 am

a load of our drivers moved to home bargains about 6 months ago. Think only the shunter stayed, the others have moved on again 🤔
not sure why it’s easy store deliveries and only local. 4 on 4 off and 37k days and 46k nights 11 and 3/4 hour shifts.
any idea when they're next taking on drivers? Asda are paying £37k on nights 😭
no idea pal. Do you speak to any of the drivers who left your place to go there? I think you just have to check their website.
oh and the union has just negotiated a 6% pay rise this year and same next so about 50k for nights 4 on 4 off 🤩
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michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:43 am
davico wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:29 am
michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:29 am

not sure why it’s easy store deliveries and only local. 4 on 4 off and 37k days and 46k nights 11 and 3/4 hour shifts.
any idea when they're next taking on drivers? Asda are paying £37k on nights 😭
no idea pal. Do you speak to any of the drivers who left your place to go there? I think you just have to check their website.
oh and the union has just negotiated a 6% pay rise this year and same next so about 50k for nights 4 on 4 off 🤩
don't get me started on our union 😂
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michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:24 am I’m a subcontractor for home bargains. We run from Liverpool to the north east. 1 sometimes 2 stores and back. I’m nights but only 2 of my 4 are finishing after midnight. Nice and easy.
How are they to cooperate with? Continuous contract or ad hoc?
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Jasinax wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:45 am
michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:24 am I’m a subcontractor for home bargains. We run from Liverpool to the north east. 1 sometimes 2 stores and back. I’m nights but only 2 of my 4 are finishing after midnight. Nice and easy.
How are they to cooperate with? Continuous contract or ad hoc?
they have agency or permanent
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davico wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:28 am
michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:24 am I’m a subcontractor for home bargains. We run from Liverpool to the north east. 1 sometimes 2 stores and back. I’m nights but only 2 of my 4 are finishing after midnight. Nice and easy.
a load of our drivers moved to home bargains about 6 months ago. Think only the shunter stayed, the others have moved on again 🤔
we had same dairy shut 15 of our drivers moved down road to home and bargain including me 6 months later 1 left, the job was awful management even worse doesn't matter how much they pay wasn't worth it.
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carleye wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:47 am
davico wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:28 am
michwy wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:24 am I’m a subcontractor for home bargains. We run from Liverpool to the north east. 1 sometimes 2 stores and back. I’m nights but only 2 of my 4 are finishing after midnight. Nice and easy.
a load of our drivers moved to home bargains about 6 months ago. Think only the shunter stayed, the others have moved on again 🤔
we had same dairy shut 15 of our drivers moved down road to home and bargain including me 6 months later 1 left, the job was awful management even worse doesn't matter how much they pay wasn't worth it.
I can deal with bad management for an extra £12k a year though 😂
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13:00 starts store work, agency is best for work life balance. I do 16:00 in the afternoon usually finished before 02:30 go bed get up at 9, walk dog, go gym, do some other stuff then go to work for 16:00 again. It'd great 👌🏼
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AggBags to merchants, we start at 6.30am do 3 loads all within 90min of quarry and normally loaded for next day & on way home around 15.30/16.00. No weekends or B Hols & 10 day shutdown at Xmas.
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rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:56 am AggBags to merchants, we start at 6.30am do 3 loads all within 90min of quarry and normally loaded for next day & on way home around 15.30/16.00. No weekends or B Hols & 10 day shutdown at Xmas.
if it's this company they will also find the slightest reason to sack you
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beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:58 am
rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:56 am AggBags to merchants, we start at 6.30am do 3 loads all within 90min of quarry and normally loaded for next day & on way home around 15.30/16.00. No weekends or B Hols & 10 day shutdown at Xmas.
if it's this company they will also find the slightest reason to sack you
never had a problem, been here 6 years now
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rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:58 am
beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:58 am
rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:56 am AggBags to merchants, we start at 6.30am do 3 loads all within 90min of quarry and normally loaded for next day & on way home around 15.30/16.00. No weekends or B Hols & 10 day shutdown at Xmas.
if it's this company they will also find the slightest reason to sack you
never had a problem, been here 6 years now
must be me then 😂
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beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:59 am
rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:58 am
beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:58 am

if it's this company they will also find the slightest reason to sack you
never had a problem, been here 6 years now
must be me then 😂
what depot were you at?
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rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:59 am
beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:59 am
rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:58 am

never had a problem, been here 6 years now
must be me then 😂
what depot were you at?
Staines,on the tippers
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beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:00 am
rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:59 am
beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:59 am

must be me then 😂
what depot were you at?
Staines,on the tippers
okay, not on the AggBag side then! Been a lot of change last 8 months as Rick Faulkner has left now!
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rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:00 am
beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:00 am
rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:59 am

what depot were you at?
Staines,on the tippers
okay, not on the AggBag side then! Been a lot of change last 8 months as Rick Faulkner has left now!
i thought Rick part owned it,he was the one who took me on
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beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:01 am
rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:00 am
beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:00 am

Staines,on the tippers
okay, not on the AggBag side then! Been a lot of change last 8 months as Rick Faulkner has left now!
i thought Rick part owned it,he was the one who took me on
yes he’s retired as a director so only Ewen & Attwood directors now.
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rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:01 am
beleon wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:01 am
rolando wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:00 am

okay, not on the AggBag side then! Been a lot of change last 8 months as Rick Faulkner has left now!
i thought Rick part owned it,he was the one who took me on
yes he’s retired as a director so only Ewen & Attwood directors now.
👍
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Transport office
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Store deliveries or supermarket work
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Trunking plus its dead easy just drive from one DC to another swap and drop and return pending where you go could do it with 10hrs unless you wanna drag it out
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Jasonzo wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:10 am Trunking plus its dead easy just drive from one DC to another swap and drop and return pending where you go could do it with 10hrs unless you wanna drag it out
I hear this a lot actually
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Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:10 am
Jasonzo wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:10 am Trunking plus its dead easy just drive from one DC to another swap and drop and return pending where you go could do it with 10hrs unless you wanna drag it out
I hear this a lot actually
Unless your trunking at night that when it gets real hard. The job itself is easy but the main thing is keeping awake
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I do 7-4 Monday to Friday and every third Saturday morning as class 2
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CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am I do 7-4 Monday to Friday and every third Saturday morning as class 2
that’s spot on what I’m looking for. Good money?
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Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am
CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am I do 7-4 Monday to Friday and every third Saturday morning as class 2
that’s spot on what I’m looking for. Good money?
money wise I don’t do bad for the ease of the work, I drive a twin deck car transporter picking up and dropping off accident damaged/repaired cars for an insurance company
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CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:15 am
Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am
CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am I do 7-4 Monday to Friday and every third Saturday morning as class 2
that’s spot on what I’m looking for. Good money?
money wise I don’t do bad for the ease of the work, I drive a twin deck car transporter picking up and dropping off accident damaged/repaired cars for an insurance company
someone else said they done this too. I’m not looking to earn huge mega bucks, want a good work life balance with a decent wage.
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Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:15 am
CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:15 am
Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am

that’s spot on what I’m looking for. Good money?
money wise I don’t do bad for the ease of the work, I drive a twin deck car transporter picking up and dropping off accident damaged/repaired cars for an insurance company
someone else said they done this too. I’m not looking to earn huge mega bucks, want a good work life balance with a decent wage.
you wouldn’t go far wrong in this line of work then, in my own bed every night and absolute latest we work til is 6
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CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am I do 7-4 Monday to Friday and every third Saturday morning as class 2
Sounds a bit like what KevTee does on YouTube. Always thought that looks good. 👍🏻
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BrenDen wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:22 am
CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am I do 7-4 Monday to Friday and every third Saturday morning as class 2
Sounds a bit like what KevTee does on YouTube. Always thought that looks good. 👍🏻
he does salvage stuff, picking up write offs, I used to do the same thing for Synetiq tho I used to work for Viridor running out of a yard just down the road from where KevTee is based for Trent’s, claim to fame lol. 99.9% of the stuff I pick up gets repaired and goes back, I have a winch but I’ve never used it, most I get involved with is a couple of jump starts a year 😂
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CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:23 am
BrenDen wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:22 am
CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:14 am I do 7-4 Monday to Friday and every third Saturday morning as class 2
Sounds a bit like what KevTee does on YouTube. Always thought that looks good. 👍🏻
he does salvage stuff, picking up write offs, I used to do the same thing for Synetiq tho I used to work for Viridor running out of a yard just down the road from where KevTee is based for Trent’s, claim to fame lol. 99.9% of the stuff I pick up gets repaired and goes back, I have a winch but I’ve never used it, most I get involved with is a couple of jump starts a year 😂
Sounds even better then if they're all runners. 👍🏻
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BrenDen wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:23 am
CarAlly wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:23 am
BrenDen wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:22 am

Sounds a bit like what KevTee does on YouTube. Always thought that looks good. 👍🏻
he does salvage stuff, picking up write offs, I used to do the same thing for Synetiq tho I used to work for Viridor running out of a yard just down the road from where KevTee is based for Trent’s, claim to fame lol. 99.9% of the stuff I pick up gets repaired and goes back, I have a winch but I’ve never used it, most I get involved with is a couple of jump starts a year 😂
Sounds even better then if they're all runners. 👍🏻
it’s not bad at all, the occasional dickhead but what job doesn’t have that 😂
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Construction supply so tippers, bags etc.. alot of building sites/merchants are finished around 4pm! You may do 55/60 hours per week but usually off weekends, bank Holidays, Christmas etc
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harplari wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:28 am Construction supply so tippers, bags etc.. alot of building sites/merchants are finished around 4pm! You may do 55/60 hours per week but usually off weekends, bank Holidays, Christmas etc
good money?
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Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:28 am
harplari wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:28 am Construction supply so tippers, bags etc.. alot of building sites/merchants are finished around 4pm! You may do 55/60 hours per week but usually off weekends, bank Holidays, Christmas etc
good money?
will inbox you
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Tippers/Grabs. I'm on a grab, mon-fri. No weekends at all unless I want a Saturday morning overtime. I average 10 hrs a day, start at 6am, usually finished around 4pm. Home before 5. 😊
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I deliver vending machines 6/4 Monday to Friday
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karock wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:34 am I deliver vending machines 6/4 Monday to Friday
good money?
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Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:35 am
karock wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:34 am I deliver vending machines 6/4 Monday to Friday
good money?
it's ok job and knock some hard day's some easy get 50 hour a week guarantee plus overtime some days can be home for 2 pm
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4on 4off trunking with max 12 hour shifts
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4on/4off tramping, 3 nights in the truck 5 at home..
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37 years driving I would say supermarket I start 1200 noon work between 40 to 55 hours aweek home every night sometimes before 8 and will earn at least 50k
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carleye wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:49 am 37 years driving I would say supermarket I start 1200 noon work between 40 to 55 hours aweek home every night sometimes before 8 and will earn at least 50k
I currently work for Waitrose so I’m hoping once I’ve passed I can transfer doing hgv. Hopefully 🙏
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Anthor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:49 am
carleye wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:49 am 37 years driving I would say supermarket I start 1200 noon work between 40 to 55 hours aweek home every night sometimes before 8 and will earn at least 50k
I currently work for Waitrose so I’m hoping once I’ve passed I can transfer doing hgv. Hopefully 🙏
bookers here we have the long trunk and short store deliveries, got my shift pattern same days and same start time with hour movement easy work home every night, it's just getting your own shift pattern and learning stores m8 it then easy clean work
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Trunking I'd say, I do nights for DX, trailer down from Burnley to Willenhall, wait for return whilst having a brew and chat, bring one back, then home, kids have grown up, so no drama, no Mrs, well, that lives with me, do a bit of spannering during the day in my garage, jobs a good un 👍
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Work for agency and try all the different options available. You'll find what you're looking for.
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Night trunking is the best driving job I've found for work/life balance. Takes a certain person admittedly but I don't think I'll change to any other type of lorry driving job
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Hung up my HGV keys. Doing foster caring, best job in the world. 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and loving it.
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