Hino New Zealand's Licence Competition to Encourage New Generation of Truck Drivers
Published On Mar 17, 2016
For almost a decade now, the trucking industry in New Zealand has been badly hit, a condition caused by the shortage of heavy duty drivers. This sector has a lot of significance to the country's economy, for it is a channel for almost nearly 90 percent of the nation's total freight. Along with this, the rate of the goods being shipped domestically is also likely to go up by 75 percent in the coming years. The country faces an urgent need for well-equipped drivers to get the trucking sector moving from its stagnant phase, and to turn this liability into an asset.
For this reason, Hino Distributors Ltd is planning to introduce a truck driver's licence competition at the Central Districts Field Days, an event that is held in the town of Feidling. Chris Brown, the Acting General Manager at Hino NZ's says, “Many drivers find it difficult to make the transition from Class 2 and Class 4 to the required Class 5 needed for heavy-duty trucks. It takes time, money, and they need access to a suitable truck for lessons. We want to make it easier for three lucky recipients and help our industry in the process.”
In this competition, two truck licences for Class 4 or Class 5 are up for grabs and the rewards are valued up to $1000. The package for the person who wins the event includes practical training and assessment through the AMS Group. Apart from this, Hino Distributors will also showcase different light, medium as well as heavy duty trucks at the event, including the latest Hino Euro 5 700 Series FY3248. The motive of this competition is to promote and encourage a better class of drivers on the roads of NZ. This would contribute to raising awareness about this career and helping people to pursue it for a long term economic gain for the European country.