MAN Loves the Lorry and gets behind RHA campaign.

Trucks going on display at events throughout Scotland.

MAN Truck & Bus UK is backing the Road Haulage Association’s national campaign to raise the profile of road transport during National Lorry Week from October 26 to 31.

MAN regional sales manager Roger Turnbull has pledged to support the campaign and will be taking MAN vehicles to events across Scotland, including a double-bill at Falkirk Football Club, where MAN Truck & Bus UK is a sponsor.

He said: “The haulage industry is the backbone of business and the role and importance of our lorry drivers is often underestimated by the public.

“This campaign is a brilliant way of putting drivers and their vehicles in the spotlight and highlighting the fantastic and varied work that they do day in day out on our roads.”

The RHA campaign has been developed to demonstrate to the public and politicians the vital role that lorries and road freight play in moving the economy and daily life.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Eighty five per cent of every-thing we eat, wear, buy and use is moved, at some point, on the back of a UK-registered lorry.

“We have a huge impact on the lives of everyone in Britain, but sometimes that positive contribution is overlooked.”

This year, MAN, which employs approximately 53,500 people worldwide, commissioned research to get a true picture of what young people think about the industry at a time when it is facing expansion through the explosion of online shopping.

Simon Elliott, managing director of MAN Truck & Bus UK, says the industry must work closely with the Government to find solutions that not only shake-up HGV training but tackle the poor image the industry has amongst school leavers.

He added: “Our research showed that 93% of women and 86% of men shop online. This is a trend that is not going to go away, so how will these items be delivered in the future? We asked our panel what their expections were on delivery times for online purchases. 80% said they expected delivery within 48 hours of ordering – I think we’ve got some work to do to meet these expectations in the future!“

As part of National Lorry Week and the Love the Lorry campaign MAN, and hauliers, including operators and drivers, will be allowing the public to see first-hand what life is like in the cab.

MAN will be displaying vehicles at Love the Lorry events at Inverness FC from 4pm to 6pm on Monday, October 26; the RHA Livingston from 3pm to 5pm on Tuesday, October 27; Falkirk FC from 3pm to 5pm on Thursday, October 29 and from noon to 2pm on Saturday, October 31.