Driver Hire, the leading transport & logistics specialist recruitment company 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.
“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. “According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA):
- 98% of all goods consumed in the UK are moved by road,
- Haulage and logistics provides jobs for 2.54m people making it the UK’s 5th largest employer
- The sector contributes £124bn to the UK economy
There are around 600,000 goods vehicle licence holders in the UK and 524,500 commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes registered in the UK.”
Organised by the RHA, along with Driver Hire, other partners are Goodyear (the tyre manufacturer) and Snap Account (a national payment system for heavy goods vehicles). “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 UK plc. We’re proud to be an essential supplier of drivers and other workers to this essential industry. That’s why we decided to be a key National Lorry Week partner,” Simon concludes.