What’s got a cab, a trailer, lots of wheels and a dedicated, hardworking driver? Answer: a lorry!
As part of National Lorry Week we want to celebrate the army of men and women out there who do such a great job of driving (literally) our road haulage industry.
All week we are giving a shout out to our most loyal and longest-serving drivers, and as a small thank you they’re receiving travel mugs and jackets. They do a fantastic job.
Where would we be without lorries?
It may sound obvious, but without lorries we’d have empty shelves in the supermarkets. We may have just had one of the hottest summers on record, but remember the snow last winter? In places, transport ground to a halt and supermarkets were quickly emptied of staples.
Sadly, there aren’t enough drivers working in the industry. We need around 45,000 additional drivers nationally, so that is all the more reason to say a big thank you to those who have made lorry driving their career.
Five fun facts about lorries and the haulage sector
- There are 285,000 lorry drivers and just over 1% are women
- More than 80% of goods consumed in the country are moved by UK-registered HGVs
- Road freight contributes £22.9 billion a year to the economy
- The word truck, which is now the American term for a lorry, first appeared in English around 1611 meaning small wheel or roller, specifically the sort mounted under cannons aboard warships
- The word lorry was first used in English in 1838, referring to a luggage truck on a train.
So lorry drivers and the haulage industry make a brilliant contribution to the UK economy and our lives. A big thank to them all.
If you’re interested in driving as a career, or are looking for new driving opportunities, we have numerous positions to cover across Wiltshire and Bristol, so get in touch with a member of our specialist team we have here at 24-7 Staffing to find out how we can help you.