In the past the Provincial Truck Driving Championships were something that people looked forward to, however with enthusiasm at an all-time low it has now been cancelled for good. There were a lot of people campaigning against it being cancelled which seemed to show that there were still previous participants who wanted to be part of the Championships yet again. They petitioned and campaigned against the closure of the event and it was even promoted to try to drum up more interest, but the efforts were unfortunately in vain. 2017 will not be seeing another championship due to lack of interest.
In the past the driving championships drummed up a lot of interest and passion from drivers. It was a great way to promote the industry of trucking and allowed likeminded people to come together to celebrate how important the industry is to so many businesses and individuals ensuring an array of goods arrived on time to provide an on-going service to customers.
It didn’t come as much of a shock that the Championships were coming to an end after noticing a decline in interest over previous years. Similar activities had already been scaled back and other factors that impacted the trucking industry in Canada were also thought to be to blame. Another contributory factor to the Championships being cancelled included the fact that nationally there has already shown to be a lack of interest in the industry as a whole leading to a shortage of drivers to meet demand. With little interest in the event it unfortunately has now retired with 2016 being the last held with no views to try again in the future.
Although the Championship has been cancelled the STA has said that they will still have events that celebrate the importance of truck drivers to ensure they still feel valued. It’s also a way of attracting new truck drivers to join the industry by showing them how much if a difference they can make. One of the events is a barbeque for the appreciation of truck drivers that will take place in September to coincide with National Trucking week.
If the interest in the industry wanes further it could cause problems to other industries that need to supply to customers on demand and leave many without the goods and services they need to stay afloat. It’s a sad day to say goodbye to what was once a popular event that celebrated the good work that truck drivers do each and every day to ensure goods can be sold further afield than their immediate location. By the time people start to notice the decline in the goods they need it could very well be too late for some companies that will lose custom, income and eventually the business altogether. The special events raising awareness helped for many years to bring in new truck drivers and help current ones to feel valued and see how their job role made a difference. If more people do not stay driving trucks and change their career and new interest is not sparked the future looks bleak. Check out the Armellini Logistics website at Truck Driver Jobs