Drivers get a new charity, under Steve Parrish 20 April 2010

The UK Professional Drivers Association has now established itself as a registered charity, the Professional Drivers Foundation (PDF).

The move is thanks to a donation of £2,500 from Novadata Transport Training, made at the CV Operator Show. Patron of the PDF is none other than Steve Parrish, winner of more than a dozen British, European and world motorcycle and truck racing titles.

"Having had a few accidents on the track over my racing career, it is good to see a charity specifically support lorry drivers, who we all know are the lifeline of the country," he says.

PDA founder and spokeswoman Pat Nicholson says: "The UK haulage industry is one of the UK's largest employers, providing a livelihood for thousands of HGV drivers, many of whom are over 50. The Foundation was formed primarily for the welfare of lorry drivers."

She makes the point that, with tight regulation, drivers can lose the right to work, through the revocation of their licences by the DVLA.

PDF is there, she adds, to provide help, both financial and advisory, wherever it's needed.

"It also aims to help with retraining where a lorry driver finds he is unable to return to driving through ill health, and needs support in finding other work."

Brian Tinham

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