Sometimes, through no real fault of their own, life hands truckers some very tough breaks. It might mean losing their trucks – and the means of supporting themselves and their families.
A program is under way that aims to help a trucker who’s fallen on hard times. The program is called “Back on the Road 2008.” It’s the brainchild of Arrow Truck Sales which, along with cosponsors, including OOIDA, aims to put one deserving trucker back on the road.
After a nationwide search, Arrow and its industry associates will present the winner with a 2005 VNL 670, provided by VolvoTrucks North America, a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express, and other essentials needed to start a trucking business.
“We are excited for the opportunity to help someone get their life back on track,” said Carl Heikel, president and CEO of Arrow. “Back on the Road is about more than simply giving a truck away; it is about giving someone back their livelihood.”
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and National Truck Protection Inc. have joined as supporters of the Back on the Road program and will provide the winner with insurance and a warranty respectively.
The winner will also receive business consulting services and financial tools from ATBS, a group that educates professional drivers on how to handle their business and finances.
Arrow began accepting nominations Nov. 5 and will continue to do so through Jan. 15, 2008. To visit its Web site and nominate a trucker, click here. The winner will be announced in March 2008 and will be given the keys to the truck during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.
Arrow Truck Sales encourages people from across the country to nominate friends, family members, associates and even themselves for this opportunity. Applications should include a compelling 250-word story explaining why the nominee deserves to win. Stories about family loss, loss from natural disaster, or a recent return from military service could all be considered valid story submissions.
Following MATS, the winner will head out on the road. Along the way, he or she will provide a glimpse into life on the road through updates posted on the Back on the Road Web site.