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Tony Goacher

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Tony Goacher

Tony Goacher

Co-Host

Tony has been involved in transport, training and recruitment for over 30 years. He passed his HGV Class One in 1989. Having spent several years as a continental driver, he then moved into driver recruitment. In the late 1990’s Tony worked in driver training and taught Hiab and FLT as well as vocational licence courses for Cat C and C+E. He also taught instructors to the then new voluntary register of LGV instructors. He holds national and international transport management qualifications and is also a qualified CPC trainer.

Tony bought Driver Hire’s Croydon & Sutton office, becoming its Franchisee in 2016. Prior to which he undertook a number of national roles for Driver Hire.

Tony’s passions include guitar, home brewed ale and (the other lady in his life) his home-built kit car, ‘Doris’!

Tony Goacher

Co-Host

Phill Barwise

Phill Barwise

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Phill has been involved in transport and transport recruitment for the last 20 years. He holds national and international transport management qualifications and is an accredited driver CPC trainer.
Originally from Blackpool, he now lives in Farnborough, Hampshire, having moved ‘down South’ to join the British Army. He served for seven years on various posts around the world. This included HGV Driver, Military Transport Manager, Secure Communications Radio Operator, and Despatch Commander.
In 2003, he started his own successful recruitment company which was sold after six years when he became a transport manager. Since 2018, he has been back in recruitment developing business for the Guildford branch of Driver Hire.
He is the proud father of two daughters, and through his marriage in 2022, was gifted a stepdaughter too.
His passions include Tottenham Hotspur and golf. He is a member of the Army Golf Club in Aldershot and plays every night…… EVERY NIGHT!

Gary Riches

Gary Riches

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Gary Riches

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Gary has been involved in transport ever since he joined the Royal Corps of Transport at 16, he has over 30 years of experience in transport, training and recruitment. Gary passed his HGV in 1984 and has had many roles in the transport industry since then. In 2003 Gary obtained his transport management qualification and later became a qualified CPC trainer.

Gary bought Driver Hire Colchester in 2012, he was recognised at a national level at the 2013 start-up awards, as well as being crowned New Franchisee of the Year for Driver Hire Nationwide. Even though he is now used to being behind the desk, he’s not one to shy away from jumping in the driver’s seat to help out his clients.

Gary is a cyclist and an ardent, season ticket holding Norwich City supporter.

F.A.Q.

What is Driver Hire?

The first Driver Hire office opened in West Yorkshire in 1983, initially supplying temporary drivers to local transport firms. Since then, we’ve grown to become the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter, providing a wide range of drivers and non-driving staff to organisations throughout the UK.

Today, Driver Hire is much more than just a supplier of last minute lorry drivers. With over 35 years of experience and a nationwide network of over 100 offices.

How do I become an HGV driver?

In order to become an HGV driver you will first need to have a Cat B (car/van) entitlement on your licence. Then you will need to apply to have provisional entitlement added to your licence, which will also require the submission of a completed medical form. Then the training and testing can begin, which comes in four parts:

  • Theory and hazard perception tests
  • CPC case studies
  • Driving test
  • Load safety demonstration
What are ‘grandfather’ rights?

Grandfather rights’ (or sometimes ‘acquired rights’) is a legal term that is applied in various industries when a new law or standard is introduced, so that people who were qualified before that rule was introduced are allowed to continue working as they were, rather than having to undertake fresh training.

In logistics, the term is most commonly applied in two areas – Category C1 (7.5T) driving entitlement and Driver CPC

Driver CPC

Drivers who gained their professional LGV licence (Cat C, C1, C+E and C1+E) prior to 10th September 2009 have grandfather rights in relation to Driver CPC and so were not required to undertake a full Driver CPC to be qualified. All drivers gaining their licence after that date, on the other hand, and who wish to drive professionally, have to do the full four-module Initial CPC.

But remember – all professional drivers are obliged to meet the ongoing ‘periodic training’ requirement of 35 hours’ Driver CPC training every five years, to keep their DQC valid.

Category C1

Drivers who hold a car driving licence (Category B) issued before January 1997 automatically have ‘grandfather rights’ to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes. If you gained your car licence after that date, you cannot automatically drive Category C1 vehicles, so you will require the training to upgrade your licence.

What is an agency?

An agency, or employment agency, provides workers to customers on a flexible basis. This means that companies call on agencies for short or long-term cover for holidays, sickness and peak workloads. Some companies also call on agencies to help them find staff for permanent positions, which means that there are many unadvertised permanent roles available through agencies.

For workers this means that they can take a flexible approach to work and make themselves available only when they want to be. This allows a work/life balance that can fit around other commitments.

How much can I earn as an HGV driver?

The amount a HGV driver in the UK can earn varies depending on employer, but typically the starting salary for a newly qualified driver is anywhere between £19-24k. If you have more experience, like multiple licence categories, then you could certainly earn up to £40k. 

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