Logistics UK partners with Avail to modernise drive hire experience - 12/02/2021

Logistics UK has announced an exciting new partnership with Avail this week – a driver hire technology platform – which offers members a transparent, low-fee alternative to traditional driving agencies.


The new partnership aims to overcome the common frustrations experienced by commercial vehicle drivers and operators alike as they seek to fill vacancies by linking those seeking work directly with employers and vacancies, with the reassurance of customer ratings and feedback.

“Avail is modernising the driver hire experience by connecting HGV and van drivers with operators directly through its platforms,” said Al Richardson, Logistics UK’s Head of Membership & Affinities, “By erasing the need for an intermediary, operators save on agency fees while drivers benefit from pay more befitting to the skills and importance of their work – this is vital to attracting more workers to the role and overcoming the deteriorating driver shortage. Logistics UK is thrilled to announce this affiliate partnership and offer its members a new way to recruit temporary drivers.”

Founder and CEO of Avail, Erin Short, who is an ex-military logistics expert, said: “We have been working with Logistics UK for over a year to bring us to this point and I am delighted to see it finally launch. I believe our affiliation will be a game changer for the industry. When I left the army six years ago, I became a temporary HGV driver for a period, and I saw how frustrating it was for all involved. I came up with the idea of Avail, a solution to the issues I saw, and began work on the platform on my days off. Now my idea has become the largest HGV driver app in the industry, is bringing real change and it is amazing for me to see.”

Avail’s web and app-based contact free solution comes at a time when many operators are looking for a COVID-secure way to hire and manage their drivers. Avail’s network currently boasts more than 5,500 drivers nationwide and a plethora of operators across the UK in the transportation sector. Avail supplies only fully PAYE drivers, and therefore boasts complete IR35 compliance, protecting operators from potential fines from incoming legislation changes.


Credit: Transport & Logistics UK (previously TFA)

Published On: 11/02/2021 17:00:49 

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