Riddens External Transport Management
4+ Years of Experience
About Riddens

I’m Darren Ridden CMILT,

Managing Director

Riddens is based in Newcastle and covers areas from Teesside to the entirety of Northumberland.

I love what I do (I’m sure not many people can say that about their job). That’s why I have over 30 years experience as a logistics professional in different disciplines, from FMCG to General Haulage, and different operator licences from Restricted to International.

My passion for my job reflects on my keen eye for detail that I give to all of my work.

The Future As I See It

Legislation is becoming very confusing and it seems a burden to many. However, unless you and your business comply to set stringent legislation, the company and its directors will face serious penalties.

It’s not complicated; all you need is good, solid, robust systems that make sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed.

Tachograph Regulation Guidance

External Transport Management

Operator Compliance Audits


A Selection Of
Services & Guidance We Offer

We are uniquely placed to offer External Transport Management support for existing and new operators license applications, both in National Road Haulage. We can meet your transport and logistics needs, whether you require our expertise on a consultancy, retainer or an ad-hoc basis.

  • Operator Compliance Audits
  • Drivers' Hours and WTD Guidance
  • Tachograph Regulation Guidance
  • Maintaining Maintenance Records & OCRS Score
  • Drivers’ Daily Walk-Round Checks Guidance
  • Maintenance Planning Guidance
  • Drivers’ Defect Reporting Guidance
  • Driver Assessments (additional cost)
  • Defensive Driving Coaching (additional cost)
  • Driver Handbooks (additional cost)
  • Driving Licence Check Guidance

Driver Induction Training and
New Driver Assessment.

If you are hiring new driving staff, or have just acquired an operator licence, it is vitally important to ensure that they are aware of the rules and regulations applicable to them. Negligent or irresponsible drivers can put your operator licence at risk and cause damage to company reputations that take years to build.

I have provided Driver Induction training over the years which helps to safeguard the company against drivers who may plead ignorance if stopped by authorities at the roadside.

The workshop can be tailored to your precise requirements to guarantee the most relevant issues affecting your business are covered. We can hold these courses for you during weekdays or weekends to avoid clashes with working duties.

This is often combined with a New Driver Assessment and a Company Compliance Audit. All three together provide you with the knowledge that your new driver is competent and you have an insight to any compliance concerns you may have about your operation.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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A Few Reasons
To Choose Riddens.

Fully Insured

We’re fully insured with professional indemnity and public liability up to £1 million on each.

Efficient & Reliable

We ensure efficient, reliable, trouble-free management of your needs, providing the very best service with the most competitive pricing.

Tailored To You

We’ll tailor our business to your needs at a time that suits you, after all, your business is our business.


We’ll ensure a robust, structured and easy to understand common-sense approach systems are in place.

We Meet Your Needs

We ensure your fleet and driver compliance needs are met.


National and International Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

30+ Years Experience

Over 30 years operational experience.

A Tangible Presence

We will not be just a name on your licence.


Family run, reliable, friendly, trustworthy, truthful and 100% confidential.

Free Up Your Time

We’ll free up your time allowing you to look after the main core of your business.

You Save £1000s

You save thousands of pounds as there’s no need to employ a full-time Transport Manager.

No Holiday Pay

No need to pay us holiday pay or sick pay.