The profession of haulier is one of the most in-demand nowadays. The lack of drivers in the goods transport sector has meant that more and more companies are looking for professional drivers to transport goods, a job that is essential for the supply of the population and the functioning of the economy.

To become a professional haulier you have two options: to be self-employed or to work as an employee. Andamur would like to give you some tips and information that may be very useful in your job search.

 

Self-employed transport worker

If you have a lorry, you will be able to access a wider range of jobs, and you will have a good chance of achieving your goal.

Being a self-employed haulier has many advantages: being your own boss, flexibility, timetables, routes… However, it is also a great responsibility.

In addition to having obtained your lorry driving licence and the CAP (Compulsory Certificate of Professional Aptitude), these are the steps you have to follow to become a self-employed haulier:

  • Register with the tax authorities by presenting your documentation and that of the vehicle. This step is essential to carry out your activity.
  • Register as self-employed with the Social Security using form TA. 5021. As in any case, you need your DNI or NIE and your Social Security affiliation card.
  • Obtain the transport card, an authorisation that allows a professional to transport goods or passengers. There are three types depending on whether the service is public or private.
    – Public services: MDL (light transport up to 3,500 kg) and MPC (heavy transport over 3,500 kg).
    – Private services: MDP (complementary private transport, over 3,500 kg maximum authorised mass).
  • Certificate of professional competence for transport. This is a certificate issued by the Autonomous Communities required to obtain administrative authorisations for the transport of goods and passengers.
  • Proof of good repute. It is necessary to prove that you have not been convicted for committing crimes or infractions related to the commercial, social, labour or road safety fields.

In addition to all these steps, it is necessary to have a financial capacity of €9,000 for the first lorry.

As you can see, becoming a self-employed haulier is a process that requires many steps and documents. However, it has many advantages.

 

Freight forwarder for hire or reward

To become an employed haulier, you do not have to go through the lengthy process of being self-employed.

As in any other case, you need to have a driving licence and the CAP.

When it comes to finding a job, find out about all the possibilities and look for different companies to which you can apply and which best suit your needs as a lorry driver.

 

Tips for finding a job

  • Up-to-date and original CV. The CV is the cover letter of any person actively looking for a job. Keeping your CV up to date, tidy and a little bit non-traditional will make you stand out when it comes to finding a job.
  • Constant training. As in any other profession, the professional training of the haulier must be constant. At Andamur we know how important constant training is in the world of freight transport. That is why, together with the Transport Academy, we have created the Andamur Training School: a space where drivers can take advantage of their free time to train online.

Trust in your possibilities and in your aptitude as a driver. This will be transmitted positively to the person in front of you.

  • Be active. Don’t wait for job offers to come to you. Look for them yourself, find out about them from different companies, make phone calls or, if possible, introduce yourself to different companies by leaving your CV and showing them your experience and your desire to work.
  • Positive attitude. Finding a job is often a long process. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a job quickly. Keep looking and keep training until you find one.

 

Portals to find a job as a haulier

In addition to generic job search portals, such as Monster or Infojobs (in the truck drivers section), there are other specific portals for finding employment as a transport professional:

  • Academia del Transportista. If you are a self-employed haulier looking for a job, you can access various job offers on the Haulier Academy. All you have to do is join the AT club to keep up to date with all the self-employed driver jobs.
  • Froet. The organisation for the transport sector in Spain has a job exchange where you can find a job in Froet’s member companies.
  • uship.com/es. Similar to the previous one, it incorporates an auction system where carriers or truckers bid for loads or service requests made by customers, with the peculiarity that the cheapest does not have to win the auction, but the price, quality, guarantee and above all the recommendations given by previous customers of your service have to be added to the price.
  • fretbay.com/es. This website is dedicated to the buying and selling of transport throughout Europe. With a similar operation to the previous ones, its peculiarity lies in the fact that users are people from all over Europe, being able to find contracts for both medium and long distances.

In stations, rest areas, restaurants and hotels on the main Spanish roads and highways there are notice boards where you can find offers where the professional services of lorry drivers are required for long or short distance routes.

Another way of looking for a job as a lorry driver is to look in specialised magazines in the sector; in publications such as Camioneros.com or Camión de actualidad, among others, you can find these types of offers.

At Andamur we are committed to the welfare of the professional driver and we value the profession as it deserves. That is why we want to accompany you in every step you take and we hope to see you soon in our service stations as a professional driver. Good luck in your search!

The current situation has forced many companies to change how they work; where remote working and digitalisation have taken on a more fundamental role. These factors have led companies to turn to different team management tools to meet two of the most highly sought-after objectives by all companies, in particular those specialising in transport: cutting down on time while improving performance.

Many companies in the transport industry have already gone 100% digital, while the rest are undertaking their digitalisation process, where tools, platforms and applications are needed to carry out the work in the best possible way.

As well as the necessary applications for fleet management and control, other tools are needed to facilitate team management in transport companies:

  • Trello is a task organisation platform for planning team projects, keeping up to date with what stage each task is at and sharing all the information with the other team members.

What makes it stand out is the way it organises the workflow, through dashboards. Each project has an assigned dashboard, where categories and task lists can be created.

As well as the free version, with a wide range of features (unlimited members, up to 10 dashboards per workspace…), there are also three different payment options to suit any company’s needs.

  • One of the most popular tools for communicating with your team members is Slack, an internal chat organised into different topics.

Other tools used in the project such as Google Drive or Trello can be integrated.

Slack has different subscription plans: Free, Pro, Business+ and Enterprise Grid.

  • Another one of the most popular and widely-used tools to create workspaces is Asana, where you can organise tasks including information, deadlines, files, comments… with up to 15 members. Asana groups a team’s work in a shared space.

This platform’s key feature is that it is aimed at organising small departments or teams within large companies.

In Asana’s case, there are three subscription options to choose from, depending on the company’s needs: Basic, Premium and Business

  • Clickup is an application that brings together the functions of all the aforementioned tools: project manager, documents and notes, spreadsheets, e-mail and chat, reminders, project and objective tracking, etc. Furthermore, information from other management and project programmes can be imported.

As with the previous applications, Clickup has four subscription options available to its users. Free Forever, Unlimited, Business and Enterprise.

 

At Andamur, we are aware of the importance of keeping up to date with the tools required to work as a team and manage projects in the best way possible. For this reason, at Andamur, we strive to provide this information to our clients with a view to helping them in their digitalisation process.

At Andamur, we strive, day after day, to forge a closer relationship with our customers and offer increasingly improved services as well as a wider network to cover all their needs. With that in mind, we have expanded our National Network of partner stations, with two new points in Spain, specifically in Pontevedra, both accessible from the N550:

  • Sertuy, in Tuy, right on the border with Portugal
  • Carburantes El Sol, in Mos

With these two new partners, Andamur now has 59 partners in our network throughout Spain.

We are constantly adding new locations to our network, with a view to offering the maximum geographical coverage to our customers. Furthermore, all of them have a wide range of services adapted to the needs that may arise while out on the road, such as cafés, restaurants, showers, Wi-Fi, laundromat, etc.

On top of this is our firm commitment to multi-energy systems and the environment. In fact, two of our partners have added LNG and CNG service at their facilities. These are the Renova Oil Incoenergy and L’Hospitalet de l’Infant stations, both in Catalonia. That brings the number of multi-energy stations in our network to six.

Our goal is to be able to respond to all the needs of transport companies and haulers, making their long journeys easier and more optimal.

On 1 May, a new regulation on tyre labelling came into force in Europe. The regulation sets out the changes to the informative sticker used on tyres since 2012.

The purpose of this amendment is to make the information on the tyre’s status and manufacture as accessible as possible both for drivers and professionals.

Changes to the regulation

To ensure better accessibility to the tyre information, these are the changes made to the labelling:

  • New classification to define energy efficiency and wet grip. A simpler classification system has been established on a scale of A to E (and not to G like in the previous model). The letter A denotes maximum tyre efficiency and grip, while E indicates that the parameters are less ideal. Two pictograms have also been included to indicate whether the tyre has wet or ice grip.
  • Change to the information on noise pollution. The information on pollution has been broadened to include the number of decibels the tyre generates, as well as the A-B-C scale in which A indicates the quietest tyres.
  • QR code added to the new labelling to provide information on the product specifications, production and manufacturer. The QR connects to EPREL, the European Product Database for Energy Labelling. All the product information can be accessed in this database: production process, tyre class, trade name, suppliers, manufacturer, product identification number and technical specifications such as the dimensions and load index.

 

Keeping up to date and knowing all the information relating to a vehicle is essential for ensuring the safety of drivers on their routes. At Andamur we like #TakingCareOfWhatMatters, looking out for hauliers’ wellbeing.

<<Through an innovation workshop, we showed them our RD&I programme, iAndamur, and how it’s possible to grow and improve with new models based on innovation, networking and creativity>>

The first iAndamur Workshop for Start-Ups took place last July at our headquarters in Lorca. Start-ups from various sectors participated:  ihelpU, Sevensystem, Yohumanize, Reparaciones Técnicas del Plástico, Nivimu, ClimaticCo, APPCC-CONTROLLER and bodies like the INCOOVA programme of the CROEM (the Regional Confederation of Business Organizations of Murcia) and the CEEIC (the Cartagena European Business and Innovation Centre).

The main objective of this workshop was to stimulate innovation in these startups, so we began by explaining our iAndamur innovation programme, which, among other things, includes:

  • The way in which we capture our team’s business ideas, through Design Thinking exercises to stimulate creativity
  • Recognition of workers who transmit their innovative ideas to us
  • Relationships with other innovation organisations
  • The methodology that we’ve created for developing innovative projects is based on Lean Startup and falls within the framework of Standard UNE 166002

The workshop consisted of explaining our own innovation methodology, delving into how to apply it in practice and some of the main mistakes made when developing innovation projects.

We talked about the 4 recognitions that Andamur awards to employees who transmit the most innovative ideas, and we proposed 13 possible recognitions that the participants could use in their own companies.

We also discussed the potential of connecting with a good network of innovation organisations, which help us develop our company’s RD&I. These partnerships multiply a company’s innovative potential.

Finally, through a Design Thinking exercise, we explained how to identify business ideas, looked at some techniques for defining customers’ needs more clearly and the different variants that can emerge from an idea to meet a need, and we created a prototype of the ideas that we came up with throughout the day.

The workshop was guided by our innovation managers: Director of Services, Quality and Innovation Gabriel Veiga Dopico, and Head of Innovation Pedro Núñez del Castillo.

This first iAndamur Workshop for Startups is another example of our commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation, and we hope that all attendees can apply the methodology in their startups.


On 1 July, the new Order ICT/370/2021 came into force, establishing the technical specifications that all temperature-controlled freight vehicles (for perishable goods) must comply with.

This Order implements an amendment to the annexes of Spanish Royal Decree 237/2000, which regulates aspects such as the procedures for complying with the ATP agreement (inspections, conformity of mass production, etc).

The ATP agreement ensures that perishable goods are transported from one country to another without losing their organoleptic properties and reach the consumer in optimum condition. The method of transport used must therefore be able to maintain the ideal temperature for storing the product.

Change in regulation

Order ICT/370/2021 includes changes in the renewal of certificates for perishable goods transportation vehicles.

Vehicles between 15 and 21 years old (from the manufacture date of the isothermal enclosure, or in other words, the semi-trailer or tank) must undergo tests at a designated test station to verify their thermal transmission coefficient.

Vehicles that pass the check must pass another test when they are 24 years old (and every three years thereafter).

Purpose of the changes

These amendments will set out the provisions relating to conformity of production to make them clearer and promote fair competition between manufacturers. New occupational health and safety provisions are also introduced.

With these changes, the energy efficiency of freight vehicles will be improved while ensuring safety and environmental protection.

>> In 2020, the number of driving offences in the freight sector fell considerably. One of the main reasons for this reduction was the situation with the pandemic and lockdowns during 2020.

Despite this significant decline, the Academia del Transportista (the ‘Transport Academy’) informs us of the 5 most common offences in Spain last year.

  • Offences related to driving hours and rest. Breaking the rules on stopping to rest and excess driving hours affects road safety and professional drivers’ health.
  • Overloading offences. Maximum load weight is standardised at European level with very strict regulation. Correct transportation of loads prevents not only penalties but also accidents.
  • Administrative offences. Offences such as driving without an MOT certificate or with expired mandatory permits (driving licence, dangerous goods certificate…).
  • Tachograph offences. Whether because of malfunction, failed inspections or fraudulent use. Tachograph inspections detect offences committed up to 365 days before the information is recorded.
  • Seat belt offences. Many road accidents have serious consequences because seat belts are not worn. In haulage, it’s one of the most common offences.

Tips for avoiding freight transport offences

  • Follow the rules on resting. In addition to sleeping 7-8 hours a day, it’s important that you stick to rest times. Doing so improves driving abilities such as perception, reflexes, decision-making, attention, manoeuvring skill… and this improvement is directly linked to reducing road accidents.
  • Keep track of licences, certificates and inspections to avoid penalties and safety issues.
  • Wear your seat belt. Be sure to fasten your seatbelt once at the wheel.

At Andamur we like #TakingCareOfWhatMatters. Which is why we’re committed to the well-being of professional drivers. The most important thing on transport routes is driver safety and care. Complying with transport rules will avoid not only penalties but also other very serious consequences such as potential accidents. At the wheel, take care of yourself and be mindful of road safety!

>> In cooperation with the University of Murcia CSR Department, Andamur has completed a full structure cycle in the form of a materiality assessment, CSR Plan and statement via this report.

Andamur has presented its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2019-2020 in cooperation with the Murcia CSR Department. The report outlines the company’s commitment, actions and achievements over the last two years resulting from the implementation of its #TakingCareOfWhatMatters CSR Plan, centred on five areas of activity: People; Taking Care of Drivers; The Environment; Corporate Governance; and Leadership and Future.

The report also sets out Andamur’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, viewing them as an opportunity – a way of conducting our business activities in a more responsible way.

For Andamur, the presentation of this report isn’t just another activity – it’s a cause for celebration. Accordingly, on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 July, head office started the day filled with colourful balloons, corresponding to the colours of the 17 SDGs.

In addition to the Andamur family, representatives of the University of Murcia’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department attended the presentation event: Ana Jimenez- Alfaro, researcher and lecturer in the University of Murcia CSR Department and CSR and equality coordinator at BNFIX; Roberto Fuentes, the CSR Department’s head of communication and researcher; and Longinos Marín, the University of Murcia vice chancellor for social responsibility and transparency, and director of the CSR Department, who also spoke about the importance of CSR in businesses, and its relationship with the SDGs.

 

In the words of Longinus Marín: “Andamur has completed a cycle: it has undertaken a materiality assessment that consists of determining the aspects we must work on in the future; it has drawn up a CSR Plan for the future; and thirdly, it has produced a document that summarises everything it’s working on. It’s a very complete cycle – very few businesses in the Region of Murcia have done everything”

For his part, Andamur CEO Miguel Ángel López highlighted his family’s stance on CSR: “For us, CSR is something that’s in our blood – my parents and siblings have been doing it for 34 years in the company. Social responsibility is nothing more than what they’ve always told us we must do, setting the example. Helping in our environment, being dependable, being responsible and doing right by all our stakeholders

 

Staff had a chance to play a game in which they could demonstrate their knowledge of Andamur’s activities within the CSR framework and their relationship to the SDGs. There were four winners, their prize a €500 donation to a charity of their choice. A total of €2,000 will be donated to the 4 initiatives chosen by the winners of the workshops: Fundación Theodora, Astrade,Apandis and 9 Vidas Berian.

 

Finally, Andamur has created a CSR page on its website where you can download or view the report, find out about its CSR activities and watch a video of the presentation event:  https://www.andamur.com/en/corporate-social-responsibility/


Transport companies with international routes in Europe have a significant workload managing all aspects related to their routes, requiring a great deal of organisation and control, as well as good documentation management to save time and cost. Companies must keep abreast of all the traffic information and the taxes levied in each countries in order to optimise their operations.

Germany, with its geostrategic position, is a place of transit for many transport companies.

Service station network in Germany

At Andamur our commitment to transport companies is to offer the highest standard of products and services, meeting any needs that may arise on journeys through Europe. To do this we have a huge network of service stations across the continent.

Germany, given its geostrategic position for haulage, has a very large network with a total of 548 partner service stations.

Nine of these stations are also part of our special scheme Top Europe. With this initiative we recommend a selection of European service stations with the most competitive prices within the most secure network, with security as a key element. At Andamur we’re aware of the importance of being able to operate on routes with the best possible security, which is why we’ve developed a system that 100% guarantees totally secure refuelling: airCODE. Thanks to airCODE, all fuel payments are secured because we encrypt every transaction end-to-end during refuelling.

These are the nine German service stations selected as part of the Top Europe scheme: IDS Rehren, IDS Neuenburg, IDS Vechta, TAP24 Handewitt, IDS Rosbach, IDS Hamburg, IDS Sisheim 2, IDS Augsburg and IDS Ziesar.

Tolls in Germany

For your fleet’s European journeys, you need to consider whether there are tolls in order to choose the most convenient, fastest and safest route for your drivers.

Although European countries share some similarities and laws, road management is a domestic matter.

German roads are generally free to use. However, there are some tunnels and bridges that have toll systems for vehicles over 7.5 tons. Since 2005, Germany has also had a mandatory toll system for heavy goods vehicles.

Electronic toll devices are useful tools for professional carriers. They allow faster and more convenient journeys for a fleet.

Andamur offers its customers a comprehensive toll device: ServiBOX.

As a single satellite device for 12 European countries, ServiBOX simplifies international transport operations. An easy and intuitive device. It also delivers maximum fleet security and control thanks to the KMASTER fleet management system.

Tax and special tax recovery

If you’re a haulage company and your fleet travels through the European Union, you can request refunds on the VAT paid on the products and services related to your operations during your journeys. This rebate is applicable to products and services like hotels, tolls, fuel, taxis, ferries, repairs, trade fairs… The amount varies depending on the country and the type of purchase.

At Andamur we manage recovery of the VAT you pay, whether you’re a company or self-employed, on purchases made in European Union countries where you’re not based for tax purposes.

Andamur ProEurope Card

Andamur ProEurope can be used for refuelling at more than 650 service stations in 9 European countries, including Germany, with a single card.

The card offers advantages for haulage companies such as flexible terms thanks to the two payment methods (credit via bank transfer or online top-ups). It also enables VAT recovery.

At Andamur we know how important it is to stay informed on your routes through Europe, because it’s essential for ensuring that your fleet can travel safely. Knowing the laws, taxes, routes, etc. of each country and managing tax recovery can be a complicated task for transport companies. Andamur works to provide the information you need, offering services to our customers that simplify these processes. At Andamur we take care of our customers, at Andamur we like #TakingCareofWhatMatters.


Professional driving is an incredibly hard job, especially when summer arrives with its high temperatures and long journeys. During these hot months, it’s important to keep a lorry ready for its journeys, as well as to follow some recommendations for avoiding heat stress (or heat stroke) caused by the high temperatures.

Lorry maintenance tips

The heat can wreak havoc on a lorry, which is why it’s important that professional drivers carry out some checks in order to maintain their vehicles.

  1. Check the cooling and air-conditioning system. Checking your refrigerant concentration levels is essential for making sure the cooling system works properly.
  2. Check the condition of the brakes. Though it’s something you should always check, in summer it becomes indispensable. The heat can cause brake failure due to loss of friction.
  3. Inspect the wheels. Hot asphalt wears out the rubber on the tyres. It’s therefore important to check wheel condition and air pressure.
  4. Examine the drive belts. Drives belts are often forgotten when it comes to inspecting the parts of a lorry. To make sure they’re in good condition, professional drivers should check that they can be bent while they rotate.

Tips for professional drivers

A professional driver’s health is as important as maintaining the lorry. The following tips will reduce the chances of experiencing problems such as heat stress during the journey.

  1. Hydration. Be sure that you always have a bottle of cold water in the cab. Staying hydrated is essential for coping with the summer heat.
  2. Rest. Rest is key to avoiding sleepiness at the wheel. In addition to sleeping 7-8 hours a day, it’s important that you rest during your journeys. If you notice any symptoms of drowsiness as you drive, park in a safe place and rest as much as possible.
  3. Drive in light clothing. Wearing clothes made of lightweight fabrics that allow the skin to breathe will help you combat the heat during the summer months. Very heavy fabrics increase body temperature and the chances of heat stroke.
  4. Keep the vehicle ventilated. The lorry cab must be ventilated when you start your journey. Open all the doors and windows before getting in the vehicle so the heat can leave the lorry. Then turn on the air conditioning to keep the cab cool.
  5. Protect your skin and eyes. Sunscreen and good-quality sunglasses are essential for your journeys. The sun can cause burns and increase body temperature, leading to heat stress, as well as irritate the eyes and make drivers more tired and more likely to fall asleep.
  6. Night is better than day. If your route allows it, you’re well rested and you’re someone who can stay awake at night, driving after nightfall when the temperatures are lower will reduce the chances of heat stroke. Driving is also less tiring in the early hours when the roads are clear and traffic flows more easily. If this is not possible, another good time to travel is early in the morning (from 6 to 11 am) or late in the evening. Try not to drive at the hottest time of day (between 12 noon and 6 pm).

At Andamur we like #TakingCareOfWhatMatters and we’re committed to the wellbeing of professional drivers. At the wheel, taking care of yourself is a priority. Not only should you look after your vehicle, but also your health. Take care!