21.9.2022 | Haulage


From 24th – 30th October, the RHA will be holding its 8th National Lorry
Week with month-long roadshow kicking off on 3rd October.

Beginning in Peterborough before travelling across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to celebrate the role and importance of the UK’s road transport.

The logistics industry plays an essential role in our everyday lives, but its efficiency and success – more than 85% of all goods bought in the UK get from A to B on the back of a lorry – are often overlooked. During the Covid-19 crisis, the nation was quick to acknowledge the key role that logistics workers play in the ongoing health of the economy, however as businesses reopen and normality returns, it’s important that the industry and its workers remain ‘key’ in the eyes of the public.

National Lorry Week is the RHA’s annual campaign to champion the industry and shines a light on the businesses and individuals who work tirelessly to keep our nation moving.

During the roadshow, the RHA will spotlight success stories and hear from the industry’s voices to champion logistics as an innovative, inclusive and sustainable industry full of amazing opportunities, particularly for young people and those seeking a new career. National Lorry Week will also showcase the great work being done to shape the future of road transport; from recruiting new talent to adopting new technology and improving standards.

The tour will see the National Lorry Week-branded DAF lorry visiting cities across the UK to celebrate alongside RHA members, industry partners and education facilities, as well as meeting with government, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the importance of the industry.

Commenting, RHA Managing Director, Richard Smith, said:
“The UK’s logistics industry is the lifeblood of the nation’s economy. Just look around you. Everything you see has at some point been handled by logistics professionals – from producer to warehouse operative, to distributor, to delivery driver and, in most cases, to store shelf.

“People in our industry have shown great resilience over the last couple of years in the face of huge challenges; from Brexit and the pandemic to driver shortages, and most notably, this year’s fuel crisis, and with Christmas just around the corner, it’s likely we’ll face even greater challenges. National Lorry Week is our opportunity to celebrate them and the great work they do.”

This year’s campaign is supported by a number of industry organisations and sponsors, including Backhouse Jones, Michelin, D4Drivers, DAF, Digihaul, Driver Hire Nationwide, Fuelcard Company, Michelin, Michelin Connected Fleet, RHA Insurance Services, SNAP, Transaid and Tructyre.

You can get involved and follow the daily progress of the National Lorry Week roadshow on social media using the hashtag #NationalLorryWeek. To find out more, visit: nationallorryweek.co.uk