The Commercial Motor Show has been formally opened by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, Baroness Vere of Norbiton, and CEO of the RHA, Richard Burnett, introduced by Commercial Motor editor Will Shiers.
Acknowledging the role played by the industry in recent times, the Baroness said in her opening speech “You’ve been the lifeblood of our economy during the Covid crisis. You’ve kept supermarket shelves fully stocked, and food on our plates. You’ve kept factories operating, and ports working 24/7 to keep essential trade moving. You’ve delivered supplies of PPE that have allowed medical staff to save many thousands of lives, and without the materials you delivered, it would have been impossible to build the Nightingale hospitals in just nine days.
“You are part of an army of heroes who have kept Britain going under extremely difficult conditions. And for that you have my enduring gratitude but more importantly, the gratitude of the whole country.”
However, Shiers said “We need to seize this opportunity, and remind everyone just how important trucks are to society. Let’s inform them that in London, the tailpipe emissions from a modern truck are cleaner than the air we breathe. And let’s drum home the message that without trucks we’d all be hungry, naked and homeless.”
You are still able to participate in the show, which continues until 5:00pm, Thursday. You can register and login at thecommercialmotorshow.vfairs.com .