20.09.2016 - Driving Future Generations
Following the unprecedented success of the inaugural National Lorry week, initiated by the Road Haulage Association in 2015, the 2016 campaign returns this week. Principally, the national awareness campaign is concerned with demonstrating to the public and politicians the vital role the freight industry plays within the economy.
Richard Burnett, RHA Chief Executive commented: ‘’Eighty five percent of everything we eat, wear, buy and use is moved at some point on the back of a UK lorry, without us, the economy would function in a completely different manner’’.
Burnett continued: ‘’This industry employs 2.2 million people, contributing £74.5 Billion. We have a huge impact on the lives of everyone in Britain and sometimes that positive contribution is overlooked. ‘National Lorry Week’ will provide the opportunity to reach out to those concerned and highlight our value’’.
The Road Haulage association represents haulage companies that between them operate approximately 100,000 heavy goods vehicles across the UK. One of those members is Mick George Ltd who now operates a fleet of in excess of 310 HGV's within the region on a daily basis.
The theme for this year’s awareness week is ‘The Next Generation’ and Mick George Ltd will be actively supporting this initiative by providing free vehicle demonstrations and discussions at public amenities around the county, as well as visiting schools to deliver educational and practical safety lessons.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd. stated: ‘’Transport in its various forms is critical to our business and the numerous services we provide. We invest significant amounts of money in our fleet and schemes such as our own ‘Driver Academy’ to supplement this provision’’.
Stump continued: ‘’Schemes such as National Lorry Week go along way to raise the profile of the industry, influence perception and ensure adequate recognition is received. The industry is currently suffering a driver shortage, so what better way to showcase a great career prospect’’.