Iveco pledges support for truck driver initiative

Truck manufacturer donates to Trans-Help Foundation to help improve health of truck drivers

Truck manufacturer Iveco is contributing $14,000 and a van to a driver support initiative that offers truck drivers health checks.

Iveco pledge of one dollar for every kilometre travelled during the company’s Great Stralis Run earlier this year raised the $14,000, which has been donated to Trans-Help Foundation.

The foundation is a national organisation that assists and supports transport employees and their families suffering hardships, health issues or trauma.

It runs a mobile unit that regularly visits truck stops and transport changeover bays where it runs health checks.

Trans-Help Chief Executive Dianne Carroll says the donation will help the organisation expand its services.

"Iveco’s contribution is an enormous stepping stone for Trans-Help," Carroll sasy.

"It has enabled us to move forward and will ensure our services can get out on the road, where the help is needed."

The monetary donation is backed up with a 2008 Iveco Daily Van, which is intended to give drivers health checks to help reduce health issues, injuries and fatalities on the road.

The manufacturer is now hoping to develop a long term partnership with Trans-Help.

The organisation’s Mobile Health and Support Unit provides a variety of checks to determine blood pressure, vascular disease and cholesterol and glucose levels.

The unit also has a digital scales beam for weight and height readings and whether a driver is obese and at risk of diabetes.

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