Operators asked to adopt-a-pollie for TruckWeek

Politicians urged to hop into a truck during TruckWeek to get an understanding of the industry

January 15, 2010

Politicians are being urged to hop into a truck during the inaugural TruckWeek festivities to get an understanding of the industry.

The NSW branch of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has issued an open invitation to state members of parliament and mayors to spend a couple of hours with a trucking operator to learn the issues the industry deals with every day.

To be held from February 21 to 27, TruckWeek is designed to bring together trucking associations and operators to educate and inform the community about the importance of the trucking industry.

The initiative is also designed to show the community how to drive safely around trucks and what careers are available in the industry,

Jill Lewis from the ATA NSW hopes politicians will take up the offer to find out more about the industry.

"The trucking industry is a vital part of the New South Wales economy. Trucks deliver 75 per cent of all freight across the state, including every item in every supermarket," Lewis says.

"TruckWeek is a great opportunity for members of parliament and mayors to get a better understanding of the essential role of trucks in the economy, as well as the issues the industry faces both across the state and in their local area."

Lewis has also asked all NSW trucking operators to get involved in TruckWeek.

The ATA has suggested holding sausage sizzles.

"TruckWeek is the perfect opportunity for trucking operators to do their part in promoting the industry in their local community," Lewis says.

"By holding an event in their town or suburb, trucking operators can introduce the community to the trucking industry and encourage all motorists to share the road safely with trucks."

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