In an initiative to find the kind of role model needed to promote the positive aspects of the rural transport industry, the Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association (LBCA) is seeking nominations from outstanding young truck drivers (21-35yrs) for the inaugural LBCA Young Driver Award.
A $5,000 trip to the USA will go to the award winner, who must demonstrate a best practice approach to driving and safety. Nominations are open until 9 January 2015, and the award will be presented at the LBCA Conference to be held in Jindabyne, on March 6-7 2015.
The award winner will be a role model for the rural transport industry, and will become part of a campaign to help to promote rural transport as a viable, long term career choice for young people.
“Rural transport is an essential service and we have an ageing workforce,” said LBCA President, Jock Carter. “Without rural transporters, Australian produce wouldn’t get from the farm gate to the table. The job is a lot more challenging than people realise, the hours are long, the work can be dangerous, and compliance can be complicated.
“The LBCA Young Driver Award recognises our top young drivers and showcases their commitment to safety and best practice. It’s something we should all strive for and be proud of.”