Driver Hire is a key partner in this year’s National Lorry Week (16-22 September). Now into its 5th year, National Lorry Week celebrates the often overlooked role that lorries – and the road transport industry in general – play in our everyday lives.
“The lorry is such a familiar sight for all of us, whenever we’re out and about, it’s easy to overlook the massive contribution goods vehicles and their drivers make to the UK economy. Without the lorry, supermarket shelves would be empty, we’d soon be running short of petrol and UK industry would quickly grind to a halt,” says Simon Johnston, Network Development Director, Driver Hire.
Kirsten Latimer, who works with Driver Hire is one of 2.54m people working in the industry. She passed her Category C HGV licence earlier this year and she loves being out on the road every day. “Driving is a perfect job for,” she said. “In the cab you’re your own boss. But, doing multi-drop work you’re constantly meeting and interacting with a real mix of people.
“I’ve been mostly working for local builders’ merchants so the job can be quite physical at times – particularly with curtain-siders. But I quite like that. Working for Driver Hire is giving me the opportunity to try different types of driving jobs to find out what I like and don’t like. But I just love being in a lorry, building the experience I’ll need to land a permanent job at some time in the future.”
Organised by the RHA, Driver Hire is a key partner for National Lorry Week, along with Goodyear (the tyre manufacturer) and Snap Account (a national payment system for heavy goods vehicles).