Ian's career before becoming an instructor
In over thirty years of being involved with transport and logistics for freight and passenger, I have seen many sides of the business. In my lorry driving days, I was involved with farm produce, animal feed, liquid tankers, horses, fresh & frozen food, low-loaders, vehicle MOT preparation and presenting them for the annual test. There was also some extremely specialised medical equipment that had to be moved at extremely short notice; when you get the message the “The patient is in theatre at the moment and will need that bed when he comes out in eight hours time”, you know that the delivery HAS to be there and ferries HAVE to be caught.
The job that changed Ian's perspective on lorry driving
After a while as an owner-driver sub-contractor to a large fresh and frozen food storage and distribution company, I was invited to work in the transport office. This opened my eyes to another side of the business and there are many parts of the logistics business that rely on each other to perform:
- The hauliers need customers
- The customers need hauliers
- The haulier needs lorries
- The lorries need maintaining
- The lorries need divers – good drivers!
What inspired Ian to become an instructor?
It was the standard of driving exhibited by a minority of new drivers that made me want to come into LGV driver instruction. This small minority had received the bare minimum training (just enough to get them through the driving test) and they had been training in vehicles and vehicle combinations that bared little resemblance to what they would be driving when they got their first job as a lorry driver.
The training vehicles use by Ian Markwick Driver Training are representative of the vehicles that are used in today’s haulage industry, so when you have completed your training and have passed the tests, you will have the skills required to drive the lorry that you are entitled to drive.
Ian enjoys teaching the best practice for driving HVG/ LVG's
Ian Markwick Driver Training was founded on the knowledge that modern LGV (HGV) fleet operators need suitably skilled drivers to protect the investment in their vehicles and to perform a safe, efficient, courteous and professional job. The combination of modern, full size, clean and well maintained Scania training vehicles and your instructor who is qualified to be on the National Register of LGV Instructors gives trainees the best possible environment in which to learn their skills.