To celebrate and coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8, the CMV Truck & Bus Dandenong team were extremely proud to hand over six all-new UD Croner PD 25 280 curtain siders to Visy Logistics and the graduates of their Female Driver Trainee Program last month.

Our Dandenong team, who coordinated the pre-delivery of the six UD Croners, hosted the handover and morning tea to ensure it was a special occasion for all involved.

It was fantastic to see firsthand how both Visy Logistics and UD Trucks celebrate diversity and invest in female drivers, and how they acknowledge their positive contribution to the industry.

CMV Truck & Bus Dandenong sales manager, Ian Rimmer said, “Women are an integral part of the trucking industry and we were thrilled to handover the vehicles to the Visy Logistic graduates.” 

A special education seminar, hosted by UD Trucks Key Account Handover and Delivery Manager, Patrick Ryan also took place at our dealership. “We always go the extra mile at UD Trucks to make sure drivers are fully informed before they hit the road. It was fantastic seeing the women’s beaming and confident faces once they received their vehicles,” said Patrick.

The UD Croner PD 25 280 was Visy Logistic’s truck of choice for the program due to the vehicle’s ability to maximise productivity and minimise downtime.

Visy Logistic’s Glen Fulton said reliability and fuel efficiency were huge selling points of the Croner.

All six drivers are new to the trucking industry and recently participated in a fully-paid, four-week intensive driver training course to obtain their heavy duty rigid license, as part of the Visy Logistics Female Driver Trainee Program. 

Glen stated he was “extremely impressed with the women’s driving skill set and this is exactly what the business needs, reliable and passionate individuals who will thrive in their roles. Driver shortages are an issue across the industry, and we want to attract the best potential candidates to Visy Logistics. And then, once we have the best drivers, we want to keep them here. It’s part of our long-term recruitment and retention strategy.”

As a small part of that strategy, Visy Logistics designed the Female Driver Trainee Program to specifically attract a potential candidate pool who may not have considered a career like this previously. 

Visy Logistics believe women are a largely untapped source of talent within the transport, logistics and supply chain industry.

Trainee driver, Kate, explained, “More women are entering this male dominated industry because we have so much to offer. We come from different backgrounds and have different mindsets that make us very employable.”

Lauren Downs, Vice President UD Sales, said “Thank you to all of you for choosing to join this fantastic industry and paving the way for future generations of truck drivers and careers in the transport industry. Wishing you long and successful careers.”

More about the UD Croner

The Croner has been engineered to be a reliable and durable truck, built with proven robust components without compromising on quality. Each component is the result of years of development and harsh stress testing. It’s an enduring and easily serviced truck, and at UD Trucks you are fully supported by our Australian dealer network which means vehicle downtime is kept to a minimum. So you'll spend less time on maintenance and more time being profitable on the road.

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