In the complex world of road transport, characterised by intricacies and legal nuances, Ian Jones, Director of Backhouse Jones, plays a pivotal role. Ian’s expertise extends beyond legal counsel, serving as an industry guide, steering clients through the legalities of the transport sector.
We recently sat down with Ian to discuss what National Lorry Week means to him and his business, as well as the promising future of the industry.
Why does Backhouse Jones choose to participate in this year’s National Lorry Week?
In Ian’s words, “The future is coming, and we must determine its course.”
Ian told us that when he first engaged with the RHA over 10 years ago, he first encountered the slogan “Without trucks, you get nothing”. Initially taken aback by its starkness, he now recognises its significance:
“The original slogan does exactly what it says on the tin. I might not bring it back for National Lorry Week, but the sentiment is totally correct, and the industry should be celebrated!”
Why should others get involved?
The future is coming, and as the UK’s fifth largest industry we should decide metaphorically, strategically, and literally where it is going. Ian fervently advocates this ethos, outlining that, “In any situation you have three options – change it, accept it, or leave it.”
“People should get involved to lead the change they want to see,” he adds.
The Future of Road Transport
When asked what interests him about the future of the industry, Ian is unequivocal in his response – “Hydrogen as an alternative fuel.” This clean energy source holds the promise of revolutionising the industry by significantly reducing emissions.
“Ask me anything about it, my family will thank you to relieve them from listening to me talk about it at the dinner table!”
Industry Misconceptions and Championing Mental Wellbeing
One misconception Ian hopes to dispel is the idea of effortless riches within the industry. “Most haulage companies are SME’s. Their owners invariably work 70 hours per week, to ensure that they don’t have to work 40 for someone else.”
He is also deeply concerned about the mental health of drivers, who are often required to spend extended periods away from home. “The improvements of vehicle design and just-in-time logistics has limited the interaction drivers will have with other humans,” Ian told us.
He continued, “This must be addressed – I recommend operators get in touch with Paul Allera of the RHA, who is always available to listen.” Addressing these concerns stands as a collective priority for Ian, and the industry as a whole.
A Call for Paradigm Shift
Ian’s aspiration for national lorry week is for the wider public to reconsider their perceptions, and recognise the significance of the industry, “I would like the public to think about where what they eat, drink and wear comes from.
“When they realise it’s on the back of a lorry, the campaign will have served its purpose.”