Australian truckies deserve greater recognition, Voie says

Founder of Women in Trucking group in the United States says more needs to be done to thank Australian truckies

Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | September 21, 2012

As the Americans recognise their truck drivers during the country’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, the founder of Women in Trucking says more needs to be done to thank those who deliver goods in Australia.

Ellen Voie says the annual event is crucial in her home country as it recognises the importance of the trucking industry.

Voie, who came to Melbourne in August to attend Transport Women Australia’s conference, says potential truck drivers will be encouraged to join the industry if they think they are valued.

"It gives drivers a reason to take pride in what they do each day and it reminds us that without trucks we wouldn’t be able to buy food, clothing or any of the important products we use in our homes," Voie says.

"By elevating the professionalism of the driver population we can attract more people to the industry (men and women) who might not already realise how important the driver’s job really is."

Any positive exposure is good for the industry and thanking truck drivers helps, Voie says.

"Setting aside one week a year is great but we need to keep the momentum going and give them a pat on the back whenever possible."

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