Hauliers wanting insurance advice should head down to Hazelton Mountford’s stand at this year’s brand new Road Transport Expo (RTX), taking place at NAEC Stoneleigh from 30 June to 2 July this summer.
The friendly team of Hazelton Mountford experts have an in-depth understanding of the haulage industry’s requirements and are looking forward to welcoming visitors to their stand to discuss all aspects of haulage insurance.
Ellie Jones, senior account handler at Hazelton Mountford, notes that from an insurance perspective, the haulage sector is a unique industry which requires its insurers to be both efficient and flexible.
She said: “Unlike many other industries, the haulage industry is reliant on their drivers and vehicles working at all times – meaning they need flexibility from insurers when it comes to driving restrictions and quick turnarounds for any driver referrals along with an efficient claims process."
Hazelton Mountford also understands the time and cost pressures that hauliers face, added Jones: “Having a vehicle off the road for any length of time is bad news and any delay in getting that vehicle back on the road can result in large financial consequences. Therefore the pressure to ensure efficiency throughout the processes is extremely high.”
Its experienced team place great emphasis on excellent service so they can constantly evolve to assist with claims reporting, understand the latest regulations and help to reduce claims, leading to cheaper premiums.
“It’s important to pick an insurer not just based on price but based on their ability to meet your needs when it comes to the day to day running of the business, whether that’s young drivers or an increased limit for goods in transit, you need to ensure that your insurer is going to be able to assist you and not restrict cover too tightly,” added Jones.
“In an industry with fine margins, price is important and we’re conscious of that, however we’re also conscious that service is important too and a saving on premium may cost you less in the short term but in the long term it may end up costing you more due to the service you get, especially when it comes to claims."
Hazelton Mountford also understands all too well the ongoing challenge of the UK’s HGV driver shortage crisis and can deliver a range of solutions to enable operators to take on a broad range of drivers, said Jones.
“There are many challenges facing the haulage industry at present, such as rising fuel costs, however the most common problem we see is the shortage of drivers and how businesses are finding it harder and harder to recruit.
“From an insurance point of view, we do our best in negotiating with insurers when it comes to drivers they wouldn’t normally like to cover, drivers with points or previous claims or even drivers who have only recently passed their class 1 or class 2 licence.
“Our aim is to help reduce the problem, not make it worse, and ensuring we can agree cover on a majority of drivers is paramount to this.”
So head down to stand W11 and meet the friendly Hazelton Mountford team who are looking forward to helping visitors receive the highest quality of insurance advice at RTX 2022 this summer.
- RTX is a three-day summer event that features more than 145 exhibitors, alongside a topical seminar programme of knowledge and product talks, ride and drive (prebookable), and a series of exciting specialist zones for visitors to explore. It is completely free for visitors to attend and will be a fantastic opportunity to meet key industry players and make new business connections all in one venue. Book your ticket to attend today!