Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Special Week to Promote the UK Road Haulage Logistics Industry

National Lorry Week and Freight Driver Awards Converge
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UK – It's all happening at the moment in the world of British trucking as the Road Haulage Association (RHA) is celebrating its National Lorry Week which runs until September 16, meanwhile final preparations are under way for the 2017 Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year competition. Today (September 12) there is a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons when the RHA will lobby ministers and other government officials as part of its continuous campaign to promote the logistics industry.

A schedule of the week’s events from the RHA campaign can be seen here, and include a primary school visit in Leicestershire whilst She’s RHA will host a diversity in the workplace event at the Auto Trader HQ in Manchester with the support of that company. The RHA is keen to point out that National Lorry Week isn’t just about the truck and the theme of this year’s event is ‘The Next Generation’. Government statistics show that by 2022, the industry needs to recruit 1.2 million more people. Drivers, workshop technicians, warehouse operatives, management, all are needed to boost the industry’s employee base to maintain the health of the sector.

Meanwhile the FTA Driver of the Year competition will be judged in three vehicle contests: Van Excellence Driver of the Year sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans, which takes place on Tuesday 12 September; Truck Driver of the Year 18 tonne sponsored by Bridgestone, which takes place on Wednesday 13 September; and Truck Driver of the Year 44 tonne sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which takes place on Thursday 14 September. A Young Driver of the Year will be named in each category.

The event is hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Wentworth Park facility where, after the three days of competition all the winners will be reassessed and an overall FTA Driver of the Year 2017 will be named, who will be presented with his or her prize at the FTA Transport Manager Conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 29 November. Mike Belk, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK, said:

“Mercedes-Benz Trucks is delighted to be supporting FTA’s Driver of the Year competition, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the finalists to our facility at Wentworth Park in South Yorkshire. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is committed to improving road safety and driver efficiency, so we’re proud to be sponsoring the 44 tonne Truck Driver of the Year competition day on Thursday. We can’t wait to see drivers putting their skills to the test in our comfortable modern trucks which are fitted with the latest technology.”