Where is this year going, already into March and an election due shortly.
I attended a meeting in Leeds on the 16th March with representation from The Freight Transport Association (FTA) and The Road Haulage Association (RHA) This meeting was to discuss the possibility of how a combined group working together for the benefit of our Industry could be carried forward. The meeting was a positive step forward for the Industry, with all parties being in agreement that by combining our resources we can bring together more positive proposals on the key issues that affect the whole Industry. Each Party will continue to take forward their own policies and campaigns for their membership which is very important, but by combining the expertise and the resources from all three parties we can hopefully work on the key issues as one.
In the coming Months and Years it is hoped that by communication and meetings we will be seen by the Industry as working on their behalf, each with their own membership but with the key issues high on the agenda. More will follow on this news page and the forum keeping you informed.
The Driver CPC continues to frustrate a large number of drivers that see it only as another burden on our pockets and of little benefit in better standards of driving, The professionals are always on a learning curve, taking in new technology and information and work hard to ensure high standards in our profession. The personnel that damage our image will not improve with the introduction of the CPC and so we all continue to be tarnished with the same brush. Our protest against how this CPC has been implemented will continue with signatures being added daily to the list of drivers ready to hang their keys up and call it a day.
This Country and the Economy could well suffer with the loss of highly experienced older drivers leaving the Industry and few new drivers coming into it. Something that few seem to be considering.
Once we have a new Government in office and a new DfT then we will be taking this protest forward, possibly as early as next year. It will be hoped that we can present our protest to the full and demonstrate how the loss of experienced drivers will have a dramatic effect on the Industry, Economy and Country. Please continue to sign the protest.
It is recognised that a large proportion of truck related crime goes un-reported to the Police for whatever the reason.. to enable a better understanding of hotspots and unreported crime I have set up a simple form to report it. This information will be used to build up a 3 monthly analysis and provide information to drivers and companies on activity and crime areas. The information will also be passed onto other parties . Please always report truck crime to the police however small, You can fill in the online form here /form.aspx?Id=40
On March 13th Drivers descended into Skegness for our 3rd annual get-together, an opportunity to meet on a social basis and build on friendships and camaraderie. The evening was again a great success and gives drivers a chance to meet, get to know each other and make new friends. A lonely job we do and if more can be united to be recognised down the road, offer help and advice to others can only benefit everyone.
There is far more happening on Truckersworld, with one member working hard to improve the conditions for Agency Drivers, another member standing for election as an MP, more members adding to the differing debates and discussions, and many others working hard for the benefit of drivers in the UK Why not join us and let us know your views and opinions on the interactive forum, it is free and easy to register.