Recent exposes in the media have helped to shed light on rogue traders, preying on potential HGV drivers.
Just three months ago, the Daily Mirror reported on the plight of several customers who had paid hundreds or even thousands of pounds to brokers, only to discover their training hadn’t been arranged and their money, lost.
The intensity of this online scam has also been addressed by the BBC in an episode of ‘You’ve Been Scammed’.
In an industry that lacks regulation, unscrupulous opportunists have taken advantage of HGV would be drivers. Over the past 5 years hundreds if not thousands of well-intentioned customers have been exploited by companies that offer much but deliver very little.
“Guaranteed pass”, “guaranteed job” and “earn £30,000” are just some of the claims that have been made by some of these HGV training broker websites. Who knows for sure how many new drivers didn’t get their LGV driving licence and became professional lorry drivers as a result of being scammed and ripped off?
Not only does the customer not get their licence to earn, the transport industry also loses “new blood”. This at a time when only 1% of all professional lorry drivers are under the age of 25.
Unfortunately, although dodgy brokers exploit and take advantage in the main they are not acting illegally. The question of morality certainly comes into play.
The industry associations also need to take the lead here and stop allowing brokers to use their logos. Associations are there to promote and recognise all that is good about the transport training industry. What sort of message is being given if brokers are allowed to advertise on trade association websites?
Spotting the scams can be difficult for any potential driver. A simple internet search on ‘HGV training’ returns thousands of results which can be daunting for anyone trying to find a training provider.
This website never promotes brokers or third party agents. Our large, free database only contains established local DSA HGV training providers. You can use our search facility page with confidence to find your nearest reputable training providers.
For more advice on how to avoid signing up with a broker please view our Tips and Advice on how to avoid an HGV training broker page.
In summary our advice is to always go direct. Never use the services of someone else to do it for you, despite how easy is sounds. Help is always at hand either in person at your local approved training centre or online, here at HGV/LGV Training.