Women start truckie school

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Opinion - MAYOR’S CHAIR Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

Pil­bara Heavy Haulage Girls is a Kar­ratha-based truck­ing com­pany, owned and run by a group of re­mark­able women who are es­tab­lish­ing Aus­tralia’s first truckie school here in Kar­ratha.

Known as the Na­tional Ve­hi­cle Driver Train­ing In­sti­tute, it will open later this year and al­ready there is a wait­ing list of more than 400 peo­ple, in­clud­ing some from over­seas.

It seems in­cred­i­ble there is no spe­cific train­ing in­sti­tute for driv­ers of road trains and a range of other heavy ve­hi­cle types, and it is fan­tas­tic that a group of women based in Kar­ratha is ac­tu­ally going to start one.

The com­pany has al­ready ob­tained a site at the Gap Ridge In­dus­trial Es­tate and has ob­tained fund­ing for train­ing rooms and equip­ment.

In a mar­vel­lous and far-sighted act of gen­eros­ity, Volvo Group Aus­tralia has do­nated two new trucks to the in­sti­tute — a 700hp Volvo FH16 and a new 685hp Mack Su­per-Liner.

“Volvo Aus­tralia will sup­port the Pil­bara girls be­cause they are do­ing ex­actly the right thing,” VGA pres­i­dent Peter Voorho­eve said. “The per­cent­age of women driv­ers in the Pil­bara is three times the na­tional av­er­age, at 15 per cent. This is a su­perb ini­tia­tive.”

PHHG co-founder Heather Jones thanked VGA for its “fan­tas­ti­cally gen­er­ous of­fer”, say­ing the ac­knowl­edg­ment “vin­di­cates our de­ci­sion to think dif­fer­ently”.

“With their sup­port, we’re now able to train more peo­ple, and train them to the world-class stan­dard of the Volvo Group,” she said.

If you are keen to learn how to drive a 53m, 100-tonne road train across the out­back of Aus­tralia, look no fur­ther.

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