Logistics UK has announced its new partnership with driver hire technology platform Avail, which will see the launch of a new driver hire platform for its members.
Both organisations seek to improve the experiences of commercial vehicle drivers and operators as they look to fill more vacancies.
Al Richardson, head of Membership and Affinities at Logistics UK, said: “Avail is modernising the driver hire experience by connecting HGV and van drivers with operators directly through its platform.
“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. “
He added: “Logistics UK is thrilled to announce this affiliate partnership and offer its members a new way to recruit temporary drivers.”
Erin Short, founder and CEO of Avail, 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.”
She added: “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.”