Shunter Drivers are responsible for the safe on-site movement of heavy vehicles.
The Role
  • Shunter Drivers ensure the safe movement of large vehicles and trailers to enable the completion of physical tasks.
  • Manoeuvring and reversing heavy vehicles on-site can be a major cause of workplace accidents, so this is an important role.
  • Shunter Drivers are aware of the potential dangers on-site and with a working knowledge of the HSE recommended code of signals
  • Completing safety assessments
  • Inspecting vehicles and trailers
  • Coupling and uncoupling trailers
  • Safely parking trailers
  • Manoeuvring laden and un-laden trailers
  • Adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Moving vehicles onto loading bays
  • Ensuring the handover procedure is fully implemented and understood
  • In a full-time position, Shunter Drivers usually work between 37 and 42 hours per week. Shift work can be necessary and overtime may often be available.
  • Newly trained Shunter Drivers can earn in the region of £20,000
  • Trained with experience Shunter Drivers can earn in the region of £20,000 to £35,000
  • More experienced Shunter Drivers may earn in excess of £35,000 with overtime or shift work allowances enhancing basic earnings
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a Shunter Driver, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade 4 (C) or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals. While there is no legal requirement for drivers of LGVs driven on company premises to hold a full LGV driving license, experience of driving heavy vehicles would be an advantage. Approved shunter training should be completed before operating heavy vehicles on-site. Shunter Drivers must hold a full car driving license. Basic training would take place on-site and is provided by the employer in order to meet their duty of care under health and safety legislation.