Obtaining a job with little experience in the road transport industry is tough enough, but having a disability brings up its own set of barriers. Tamara Whitsed reports on one woman’s determination to beat the odds and obtain her dream job
driver Candice Lureman has settled into her dream job behind the wheel of a 2012 MercedesBenz Actros 2648 B-double.
Candice, 35, who is deaf, applied for 3500 truck driving jobs before joining the team at Visa Global Logistics in January 2017.
In the Actros, she usually carts containerised import freight with shifts ranging between 10 and 12 hours long, starting at 4am or 5am. These busy work days include wharf slots, delivering full containers, collecting empty containers, and dehiring empty containers.
Candice says faced many challenges after deciding she wanted to drive trucks. First she had to find someone willing to train her.
“Once they realised I was deaf, their excuses as to why they couldn’t help me flowed thick and fast,” Candice says.
Fortunately, Strategix Training Group helped her obtain her Heavy Rigid licence in 2011.
Soon after, she found work with a large transport company but she lost this job in September 2013 and battled to find her next opportunity.
Candice received many responses to her 3500 truck driving applications “but once I texted them to explain my deafness, all I received were emails or texts wishing me all the best for the future,” Candice says.
“Getting past HR attitudes toward women and people living with disability became my greatest challenge.”