GREAT INITIATIVES HAPPENING: Big brands Linfox and Volvo are working closely together to help get more women behind the wheel.
GREAT INITIATIVES HAPPENING: Big brands Linfox and Volvo are working closely together to help get more women behind the wheel. David Meredith

Trucking fraternity launches women-only driving course

WE WELCOMED eight new members into the trucking fraternity as the first participants in the Women Driving Transport Careers initiative on July 30, which is a joint venture women only driving course between Transport Women Australia Limited, Wodonga TAFE/ DECA and Volvo Australia.

Once they complete their course, they will become full-time employees of Linfox and Australia Post, we will follow-up with them to ensure their enjoyment of the industry.

We are already planning the next course to take place later in the year.

Next week, several transport companies will be transporting boxes of Girl Guides duffel bags around Australia in preparation for the Girl Guides International Jamboree taking place in Sydney in October.

The generosity of these transport companies has taken the Guiding community by surprise, but those of us within the industry are very familiar with how we all come together to assist our communities. Many thanks to all of those companies.

On a less positive note, just for a moment a week or so ago my positivity bubble almost burst when a driver seeking his 15 minutes of frame on social media appeared to conduct an act of sheer stupidity and post it for posterity.

Acts such as these, and the negative impact they have, hurt our industry and all the hard-working people in it.

Everyone is working so hard to improve our image and to attract the next generation to become part of this great industry and it only takes one person to destroy it.

So, while the Australian Trucking Association reacted swiftly and positively and I am sure that the authorities will be like the Mounties and get their man, we still have to repair the damage in the eyes of the general public.

Big Rigs ran a story (July 27) of James Blok, a wonderfully positive young man talking about the industry in a very intelligent manner.

Maybe we can make him our poster boy and a spokesperson for the industry for the younger generation.

Or the Pickering driver (July 27) who said that he has never regretted the decision he made to start driving and is still enjoying it 27 years later.

By the time you are reading this, I will have been in the industry for 48 years, the journey has taken me from the "Back o' Bourke” to Washington DC and I have loved almost all of the miles.

So thanks to all my bosses, truck drivers and other staff who have shared my journey, let's hope there are many more miles to go!

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