16 APR 2020
Driver Exchange Program to keep freight moving and provide jobs to truck drivers and transport workers out of work due to Covid-19.
Media Statement - Driver Exchange Program to keep freight moving and provide jobs to truck drivers and transport workers out of work due to Covid-19.
Today the launch of a Driver Exchange Program will match truck drivers and transport workers, that have temporarily lost their jobs, to industries currently experiencing a surge in demand for drivers. The Program is modelled from similar initiatives introduced by both the Victorian and Tasmanian Transport Associations, and is being led by the Freight and Logistics Council of WA (FLCWA), Western Roads Federation and supported by Main Roads Western Australia.
The program is a response to the current imbalance of driver resources as a consequence of Covid-19, with some sectors of our industry under intense pressure to supply services and other sectors having slowed as a result of businesses closing.
Operators with excess drivers and operators who require drivers are being asked to register their interest in the program.
The FLCWA will work with Labour Hire Companies to assist in matching operator and driver requirements, documenting the background of the Driver and ensuring there is a smooth, seamless and cost-effective transition from one company to another.
“In these unprecedented times we need to support each other as much as we can. The focus of the Driver Exchange Program is to keep drivers working by encouraging resource sharing within our industry, and to maintain efficient supply chains”. – Nicole Lockwood, Chair FLCWA.
“The freight and logistics industry have a major role to play in supporting Western Australia during this pandemic, ensuring essential services to maintain the supply of food, medical supplies and general freight continue to operate”. – Nicole Lockwood, Chair FLCWA.
“It is critical that the transport industry keeps its most important assets – its people – busy and working. Transport will be in even greater demand when the crisis starts to ease, and our people are essential now and for the recovery” – Nicole Lockwood, Chair FLCWA.
If you are a Freight Operator offering a Driver, please click here.
If you are a Freight Operator that requires a Driver, please click here.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Western Roads Federation on 0481 064 371.
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