Now this is one agency that I can highly recommend. Ever since I began driving lorries they have kept me so busy that it's unreal. Polite staff, always cheerful and the work is varied and interesting. If you happen to live in Berks, Hants or Surrey then I can highly recommend that you give them a buzz. Camberley office is 01276 24111 ask for Lisa.
149 London Road
Oh well, just been de registered by an agency in my locality. Their excuse is that I didn't do the last job and I'm unreliable. It all points to the last phone call I had from them about 2 months ago and it went like this.
Agency: Can you do a job for us tomorrow.
Me: I'm in a restaurant at the moment sitting down to a meal, I'll call you back when I'm finished.
Agency: via text - you've been booked for tomorrow at ABCD, start time is 0400, directions.
Agency: via text - please confirm for tomorrow
Me: Still in the restaurant and oblivious to the text.
Agency: via text - don't bother about tomorrow, you're canceled
Me: When at home - What the bloody hell, I didn't tell them that I'd do it.
Me: Next day - Can you explain about yesterdays text.
Agency: The case is closed you've let me down.
Me: But I didn't confirm anything yesterday, you were told I was in a restaurant.
At this point the conversation became a bit weird and the girl from the agency started to be a bit rude so I told her that the conversation ends as she cannot be civil. Haven't heard anything from them since then and the only reason she called me was that I replied to an add from their Southampton branch and the chap obviously called her. The person in charge seems to think that since I signed up with them I have given them an exclusive right to my services.
Bloody rude agency and to be honest I'd warn others against working for them.
Yet all the other agencies that I'm registered with are always calling and finding me work. In those cases I must be doing something right.
I had to wait about 5 minutes before any break in traffic to move on and as soon as I'm fully out on the right side a car comes flying towards me and decides that it 'will' manage to squeeze through. At the last moment the driver realises that they can't and at this point neither can I and I can't go backwards as there are cars behind me. All I can do is stop.
The driver then proceeds to give me a dirty look even though they saw me and could have stopped at a point to allow me to proceed and then this hassle wouldn't have happened.
That is the question. I would put it as a Test since what has to be done is almost like the DSA Test.
The lorry was a brand new Volvo 08 plate fully auto with some nice features, one being the assisted uphill start. This device locks up all brakes when you come to a full stop and then it gives you 4 seconds from when you remove your foot from the brake pedal to press the accelerator. Nice and smooth start with no pressure on the clutch and you don't even have to apply the hand brake.
- Vehicle checks, as you've not driven the vehicle before. This includes the trailer as its already coupled up.
- Instruments check inside the cab to make sure all is OK
- Drive around the site to familiarise yourself with the vehicle.
- Reverse onto a bay.
- Drive through Basingstoke for 45-50 minutes.
- Reverse onto a bay.
Now I know where to position the tractor unit and how to manoeuvre the trailer to get in the bay. On the good side I have been invited to 'have another go'.
The assessor was pleased with all the other attributes and I recon I'll do it next time, now that I know where to position myself.
So now I have to wait and see when I can get the retest slot.
No overtime and they want us to do a bit 'beyond' the required amount to get the job done. Fair be t once in a while and not a few hours each day. This is exploitation and I'm just fed up with this.
Others do moan and gripe but do nothing about it and the Union is absolutely useless as the local rep knows what is going on but has done nothing about it.
So a search for another full time job or a long term contract begins.................