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Waikato Truck legends immortalised on cards


An earlier set of collector’s cards featuring Waikato trucks has proven so popular another series has recently been launched.

Waikato Truck legends immortalised on cards

Auckland driver Andrew Turnbull from Transpacific Industries Group Ltd receives the first card in the series

The Waikato Truck Legends initiative is led by the Waikato Regional Council and recognises firms and drivers that promote safe driving.

Each of the 10 cards in the set features a truck and its specifications from a Waikato trucking firm with a proven record of promoting safe driving. The cards also feature a driving tip from a ‘legendary’ driver nominated by the firm, with the first card in the 2014/15 series featuring Justin Cruickshank from Otorohanga Transport, who drives a Volvo livestock truck.

Justin’s message is: “Smooth and efficient drivers make safer trips – think of your load as valuable livestock.”

“To me, it’s important to always be thinking about the animals, because the stock we carry are worth a lot of money so we’ve got to look after them and drive smoothly. You need to think about the others on the road and your own safety too,” Justin says.

The first series, produced in 2012, proved to be hugely popular with Waikato truck drivers, who have been asking for another series.

A new card in the 2014/15 series will be released every three weeks over the next six months. With only 1000 copies of each card on offer, they’re sure to be sought after once again. 

The NZ Transport Agency’s Freight Portfolio Director Harry Wilson says it’s great to see firms that promote safe driving being acknowledged as industry leaders.

“These cards are an effective way to spread a simple message to the freight industry; firms and drivers that promote safe driving are true legends,” Harry says.

The Waikato Regional Road Safety Education Group is supporting the Waikato Regional Council in producing the Truck Legends series. This group is made up of the Transport Agency, the NZ Police, local councils and other road safety stakeholders.