Road haulage taking centre stage at CV Show28 April 2016

The doors are open on the final day of the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Show (NEC, Birmingham), at which the future of road haulage is playing a pivotal role.

On day one (26 April), 13 new light commercial vehicles were unveiled and the event also plays host to the launch of National Lorry Week, an initiative from the Road Haulage Association.

National Lorry Week will take place on 19-24 September and, says RHA, will bring together stakeholders from across the road transport industry with a focus on the next generation. A key objective is to attract new blood into the road haulage and logistics sectors, as well as raise awareness of the critical role that road haulage plays in daily lives.

“Our aim is to shout about what we, as hauliers, do,” says Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive. “Our focus is very much to open the doors of the industry to younger people and attract them into it, be that as a driver or one of the many other jobs that the road haulage sector provides.”

Technology is also taking centre stage at the CV Show – which is open until 5.30pm today – with exhibitors showcasing new developments in software-as-a-service, telematics, compliance management and driver assistance systems.

Show director Rob Skelton says: “This year, more than ever, the focus is strongly on the very latest technology, be it camera-based assistance systems or tyre management technology that help the driver, to on-board fleet monitoring systems for operators that improve both safety and efficiency.

“The CV Show really is the perfect shop window for any individual or company involved in road transport.”

Laura Cork

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