Why Heavy-Duty Commercial Truck Drivers Should Possess High Risk Licences

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Why Heavy-Duty Commercial Truck Drivers Should Possess High Risk Licences

4 December 2015
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Driving heavy-duty commercial trucks is a risky job since the occurrence of road accidents is quite a frequent phenomenon. For that reason, you need to employ commercial drivers who are licensed to work in high risk trucking environments. The following points will help explain the benefits of doing so.

Reduce occurrence of road accidents.

When commercial drivers fail to secure heavy or dangerous loads onto their vehicles, the loads can fall from the back of the trucks and possibly injure other road users, such as pedestrians and motorists.

For cases involving the transportation of hazardous items, e.g. corrosive chemicals, explosive gases, flammable liquids, etc., commercial drivers who have acquired high risk licences can provide the specialized care or handling required to prevent any serious accidents.

These commercial drivers will ensure that all consignments are carefully loaded and strapped onto their trucks and won't hesitate to inform you immediately in the event of any safety concerns, e.g. a leaking fuel tank, when the consignments are in transit because they are familiar with the dangers of continuing with the journey.

Mitigate risk of damage to the consignments.

If possible, all merchandises should be delivered in the same condition as they were received. Unfortunately, even if loads are secured well and don't roll off from the truck beds when in transit, they may still get damaged, especially if they are fragile and are being transported over several miles of rough terrain. Since they are aware of these risks, commercial drivers with high risk licences will ensure that all cargo is secured against damage before beginning any trip.

To prevent movement of cargo during hauling, for example, these commercial drivers will select appropriate techniques to secure the load. When transporting a brand new sports car on a truck bed, for example, they can use cross chaining to ensure that it stays firmly strapped and padding to protect it from chain scratches.

Minimise adverse financial consequences arising from hauling merchandise by road.

The financial implications of failing to ensure that all consignments being transported using heavy vehicles are placed in competent hands can be very devastating. A high risk licence provides the assurance you so much deserve knowing that your commercial drivers are well-trained and skilled to manage the safety hazards that may arise when consignments are being transported.

This way, they can save you thousands or millions of dollars required to settle compensation claims by customers complaining about damaged goods or people suing you for injuries sustained due to truck accidents!