National Trucking Week kicks off

by Canadian Shipper

OTTAWA, Ont. — This is National Trucking Week in Canada, an opportunity to recognize the important role the trucking industry plays in keeping Canada’s economy moving.

The week-long celebration, coordinated by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), spotlights the contribution made by the 400,000 Canadians who work in the industry. The association also steps up its awareness campaign during the week to educate those from outside the industry how to safely share the road with trucks and how the trucking industry is reducing its environmental footprint.

“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,” says CTA chief David Bradley. “During National Trucking Week we salute the men and women who form the backbone of the trucking industry. Without you the country would literally stop!”

Many carriers are hosting barbecues, breakfasts and lunches to show their appreciation to drivers. Some fleets are even offering free truck washes or fuel to their owner/operators. For its part, the Ontario Trucking Association is providing official posters and collector cards; discount cards to Mark’s WorkWearhouse; and discounted tickets to Canada’s Wonderland. OTA member companies can contact the association to acquire some of the items.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper also acknowledged the event, taking time from his election campaign to issue a statement.

“I would like to commend everyone involved in the trucking industry for their diligence and skills in ensuring the safe and smooth movement of freight across the country and across the borders,” said Harper. His complete statement can be viewed online at: www.cantruck.ca/news/ntw/PrimeMinistersletterNationalTruckingWeek2008.pdf.

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