OTTAWA, Ont. – National Trucking Week was celebrated across Canada Sept. 8-15.
The week-long event was aimed at recognizing the 400,000 or so Canadians who make their living in the trucking industry.
The industry’s prime association, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, also took the opportunity to educate people about the industry and how to share the road with big trucks.
It also raised awareness on how the trucking industry has reduced its emissions through new engine technology.
Many carriers showed their appreciation by hosting staff barbecues and other events for drivers. In some cases, trucking company executives washed and fueled trucks for their drivers.
“One week is hardly enough to recognize the efforts of so many people in an industry which operates 24/7, 365 days a year, but it is our week,” said David Bradley, president, Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).
“The trucking industry is the lifeblood of commerce. And, it is our people that make it happen.”
About 90% of consumer products and foodstuffs are hauled by truck as well as two-thirds of Canada’s trade with the US.
“Grocery store shelves are stocked and the supplies we need for daily living are available when we need them, thanks to the country’s safe and reliable trucking industry,” added Bradley.
“This week we salute the men and women who form the backbone of the trucking industry.”
For its part, the OTA spread the word by distributing posters and collector cards commemorating the occasion.
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