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Celebrating long service to our industry

Celebrating long service to our industry

Road Transport Forum News

 November 2020    RTF News

The history of road transport in New Zealand is one of continuous change and adaptability. 

Whether it be changing technology, changing markets, regulation, deregulation, increased health and safety, or the ever-evolving state of our roads….over the decades the only real constant has been the dedication of the men and women who make our vast logistics network work.

And Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett believes: “Historically we haven’t done enough to acknowledge success and loyalty in our industry – and those who work in road transport are very often humble sort of people who just get on with the job. 

“However, the Road Transport Forum and our associations have a set of awards intended to acknowledge long service in our industry and celebrate the experienced men and women who keep our country moving.

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The history of road transport in New Zealand is one of continuous change and adaptability. 
Whether it be changing technology, changing markets, regulation, deregulation, increased health and safety, or the ever-evolving state of our roads….over the decades the only real constant has been the dedication of the men and women who make our vast logistics network work.
And Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett believes: “Historically we haven’t done enough to acknowledge success and loyalty in our industry – and those who work in road transport are very often humble sort of people who just get on with the job. 
“However, the Road Transport Forum and our associations have a set of awards intended to acknowledge long service in our industry and celebrate the experienced men and women who keep our country moving.
“We all know just how focused the industry is on bringing through the next generation, but all operators know just how precious it is to have good, experienced drivers and staff who know their customers, know the routes, know how the supply chain works and can pass on their experience to younger colleagues. These awards are intended to recognise that.”
The Outstanding Contribution to the Truck Driving Profession Award is for drivers who have driven heavy vehicles for 30, 40 or 50 years of accumulated time in the industry. 
It doesn’t matter if, as is likely, they have driven for a range of different companies during their career, as this award is to recognise their contribution to the industry as a whole. 
The second category of award is the Outstanding Contribution to the Road Transport Industry. Personnel who have been working in the road freight transport industry for 30, 40 or 50 years, but not necessarily in driving positions, are eligible for this award. It is intended to cover a broad range of occupations in the industry – for example (but not limited to) warehousing, forklift operating, clerical, management, marketing and health and safety. 
Says Leggett: “We know a lot of our people are shy at coming forward or talking about their careers, so if you know a colleague or a friend who is nearing or has just passed a 30, 40 or 50-year career milestone, please get in touch with your employer, the Road Transport Forum, or your local association and we will sort out the certificate and suitable arrangements for a formal presentation.”
Employers can make nominations by emailing forum@rtf.nz. Just put ‘Long Service Recognition’ in the subject line, then state the name of the recipient, their length of service to the industry and which award they are being nominated for. ”  

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