SOME JIB AT THE EXTRA PAPERWORK THEY CAUSE, BUT CRANES GET YOU WORK. MARGO COLE VISITS CSL, WHO HAVE OUTGROWN THEIR ORIGINAL ACRONYM.
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Whether they are large or small, haulage companies face a common set of constraints when it comes to operating successfully in the current UK market. Key among them are the ability to recruit suitably skilled drivers and the need to comply with the ever-increasing demands of complex legislation and regulation. These issues are onerous enough for transport companies that operate standard truck fleets – but are amplified when their fleet includes lorry-mounted cranes. For every safety or regulatory requirement that applies to the tractor unit, there is an equivalent for the crane; and if it is difficult to recruit drivers, it is even harder to find people capable of handling a truck well and operating the cranes. But, as many operators will tell you, the inclusion of lorry-mounted cranes in a truck fleet can open up some interesting and rewarding business opportunities.