WOMEN IN TRUCKING * Australia: To alleviate truckers' shortage
* Western Australia - New truck features help a new group of young and ambitious female professionals
--- Although women make up around half the Australian workforce, they only account for five per cent of the roles in the transport industry. How can trucking become a career of choice for a largely untapped labour pool?... Australia’s road transport industry is changing. Gone are the days of clunky crash boxes, manually winding landing legs and strapping loads – most of these tasks can now be either automated or mechanically assisted as technology continues to evolve rapidly... With features like automated transmissions and dynamic steering becoming increasingly prevalent, modern heavy-duty vehicles are thus removing many of the physical entry barriers that have traditionally defined – and restricted – commercial road transport, opening it up for a new group of young and ambitious female professionals that have historically been left out... Acknowledging that providing Australia’s female workforce access to the industry may help alleviate the pressure, Volvo Group Australia President, Peter Voorhoeve, reacted by donating two brand-new prime movers to heavy vehicle driving academy, Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls (PHHG) – not only as an immediate measure to get women behind the wheel, but also as a symbol that the OEM is starting to take the problem in its own hands... Unsurprisingly, both vehicles were fitted with the latest in driver support technology...
Pilbara, WA, Australia - Prime Mover - September 2016