'Truckies Club' builds its base
"I HAVE been in the industry a long time and see the differences from a number of years ago - it would be nice to see the younger generation become aware of the brotherhood that there used to be in our industry.”
Wise words from Kylie Robinson, the driving force of the Trucking Support Agency, an organisation she started to build the image of the transport industry and access deals and discounts on goods and services to those who work in road transport.
A third-generation road transport worker, Ms Robinson had the idea a few years back to initiate a loyalty card type scheme for industry workers.
After launching the "Truckies Club” about three years ago, the club membership now numbers about 280 and growing.
"I started it with the idea of a loyalty card, and it is open to drivers, owner drivers and fleet operators allowing members to get discounts and deals on a number of products,” she said.
Further to this the TSA has also become involved with industry promotion and education and to also act as a conduit between drivers and legislators.
"I do a lot of videos with the NHVR to help drivers understand the rules and regulations these days, such as with log books - the education isn't out there - you used to do an apprenticeship by going in the truck with dad but you can't do that anymore,” Ms Robinson said.
Through building its membership base, the TSA also aims to become a voice in influencing change and promoting the image of the transport industry to the wider public.
A range of companies from across the country have signed on to offer special deals and discounts to club members including Pacific Petroleum, Kentweld Bullbars, NXT Journey(Truckie Bag) and Royans Truck and Trailer Repairs to name a few, and for a small financial input the benefits can add up.
"It's around $30 a year and $50 for two years to become a member,” Ms Robinson said.
"It's not a great outlay and it's also good for industry-related businesses to come on board as they get to advertise through our website and newsletters.”
Having given up driving to raise a family a number of years ago, she has always maintained links to the road transport industry and running the operation today is pretty much a full-time occupation for Ms Robinson from her base in Brisbane.
As such she takes the "show on the road” to events throughout the year including the Heritage Truck Show at Rocklea.
"I get around to the shows as far away as Koroit and Castlemaine in Victoria along with Casino, Grafton and Gatton. It's great to get back into the industry in this way, and the bigger our membership the bigger our voice is,” she said.
For further information about the Trucking Support Agency/Truckies Club, go to www.truckingsupport agency.com.au.