OTTAWA, Ont. — National Trucking Week kicked off this weekend, and the industry is expected to celebrate the occasion all week long.
The week-long event is aimed at recognizing the 400,000 or so Canadians who make their living in the trucking industry. The industrys prime association, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, also takes the opportunity to educate people about the industry and how to share the road with big trucks. It will also raise awareness on how the trucking industry has reduced its emissions through new engine technology.
Many carriers will show their appreciation by hosting staff barbecues and other events for drivers. In some cases, trucking company executives are washing and fueling 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,” says 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 Canadas 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 countrys safe and reliable trucking industry, adds Bradley. This week we salute the men and women who form the backbone of the trucking industry.”
For its part, the OTA is distributing posters and collector cards commemorating the occasion. It is also offering a discount at Marks Work Wearhouse. Member fleets can contact OTA to receive the discount cards on behalf of drivers.
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