The Road Haulage Association plans to attend the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester (October 4-7) to educate politicians about the essential role that lorries play and highlight the increasingly acute nature of the driver shortage.
RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “A key reason why we are at the conference is to promote our upcoming national awareness campaign, ‘National Lorry Week’. This is designed to educate the public and politicians about the critical nature that lorries and road freight play in everyday life.”
It will give delegates the opportunity to get first-hand experience of the high skill levels required to drive a truck by taking part in a ‘Top Gear’ style “star in a reasonably priced car” challenge on the stand’s truck simulator. The aim will be for competitors to beat a score set by the RHA’s ‘Stig’, the UK’s best truck driver. The RHA has challenged Boris Johnson to be the first delegate to set a time on the simulator.