Two New Members – Hunts International and Express Movers

New Member – Hunts International


We are pleased to welcome Hunts International as our most recent member.

Hunts was founded in 1942 and is a highly respected international mover, with weekly runs into France, Ireland and beyond.

Their large fleet, 25,000 sq. ft. secure storage and dedication to providing a top quality service make them a valuable ally to our current and future members.

Hunts International use experienced and fully trained staff and are happy to quote for any size move to any destination, Worldwide.

Visit Hunts International website for more information.


New Member – Express Movers

Our second new member this week is Express Movers of Chesterfield.expressmovers

Express Movers have provided quality removal services throughout the UK, for over 35 years. With well-kept vehicles, experienced staff, recognition as a Trusted Trader by Derbyshire CC and a commitment to work to BSI 12522, Express Movers can now add AIM Membership to their list of credentials.

You can contact Express Movers via their website at


Dangerous Parking in Kent

Finding a safe place to park for a rest break can be tricky sometimes. Few movers would think it’s a good idea to park on the hard shoulder or a motorway slip road, but some HGV drivers obviously think it’s worth the risk.

Under pressure to take breaks at the right time can lead some drivers to avoid breaking one law, by breaking another.

In a two week period, Kent police moved on 327 lorries that were parked dangerously, of which 117 were fined.

Chief Inspector Vaghan Lukey, from Kent Police, said: “Our message is simple; long distance drivers should plan their journeys and factor in rest breaks at safe and legal locations.”

Fines can range from £50 to £1000.

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DVSA Guide – Vehicle Side Guards

The DVSA has published a comprehensive guide to fitting Vehicle side guards, (or lateral protection devices).

LPD is there to deflect people as opposed to stopping vehicles (eg motorcycles and cars) going underneath the sides of the vehicle.

The guide shows images of fitted LPDs with guidance notes.

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COVID-19 Statement

Although there is no rule to prevent them from doing so, not all removals businesses are working during the Coronavirus measures advised by the Government.

Those that are working have been provided with clear guidelines by the Government and supported by AIM, with safe working procedures, specific documents and frequent information updates.

Removals firms

Removal firms are able to operate and should follow the latest government guidance on safer working. Where moves are carried out, social distancing should be followed.
Companies should ensure employees understand how to operate safely and communicate this to customers.

  • Removers should contact the household in advance to check that no member of the household is showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating. If they are, works should be delayed.
  • They should also encourage households to ensure all internal doors are open and surfaces and possessions have been cleaned with household cleaning products prior to them entering the property.
  • No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
  • Removers should wash their hands on entering the property using separate towels of paper towels which need to be washed or disposed of safely after use.
  • Removers should seek to minimise contact with homeowners and remain 2 metres apart from householders at all times.
  • Removers should implement a buddy system and ensure that the same people work together when moving bulky items and furniture.
  • Removers should bring their own refreshments but you should ensure they have access to hand washing facilities, using separate towels or paper towels if possible,
    which should be washed or disposed of safely afterwards.