NRC addresses freight driver issue

National Road Carriers' strategy to get more drivers in the road freight industry will pay off

CEO David Aitken will report to National Road Carriers' 81st Annual General Meeting on 23 June, notifying that work done over the last 18 months is starting to pay off.

David says that The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has confirmed that road freight transport sector has been included in Sector Workforce Engagement Programme. This is thanks to the Road Transport Workforce Development strategy that National Road Carriers developed.

This resulted to the representation from all three transport associations included in the newly formed Road Freight Transport Group.

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Steve Divers was appointed as the co-ordinator to lead the recruitment initiatives, and David says this decision was important.

He says results seen in the many years to come will be the proof; however this can only happen with support of the whole industry.

Members’ funds are being spent on research into the "benefits of decongestion," as Auckland is increasing in volumes of traffic and people. Operating in and around Auckland is proving to be a challenge.

David says after the driver shortage, congestion in the country’s largest city is the biggest issue we hear about. He continues saying the identification of the scale of productivity gains available from decongesting the road network will be the aim of the research.

NRC’s core business would continue to be advocacy, advice and business support for members and providing them with value, David says. However will continue to fund various projects as they are always looking at funding areas of importance to the industry.

David and the chairman of NRC’s Board of Directors, Don Wilson, report will be formally presented at the AGM and networking evening at Trucks & Trailers Ltd, Wiri Station Rd, Wiri, starting at 6.30pm.

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