Women start truckie school
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.