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Text: Juliane Gringer
Photos: Thomas Meinicke, Seifert Logistics Group
The corona pandemic once again shows how important professional drivers are for the supply of society. Torsten Busch is on the road for the Seifert Logistics Group with an articulated truck with a 13.60-metre tautliner trailer in local transport in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. For motionist.com he reports how he experiences his job in 2020.
In my opinion, most of the economy takes place on the roads. We drivers don’t want to annoy anyone, we are just doing our job. I would like people to shift down a gear before they judge us. You can also take that quite literally: If a car cannot overtake a truck on a country road, where trucks are only allowed to run at 60 km/h, it is annoying for the driver – of course! But the fact that one or two small car drivers start breakneck manoeuvres and force us to brake pointlessly is simply not necessary.
In the Corona pandemic, the importance of the work of Torsten Busch and his colleagues is demonstrated once again: as a truck driver, he is on the road every day to deliver goods reliably and safely to their destination.
Not a desk type
Overtime for toilet paper
In spring there was a lot to do. Especially during the time when people apparently thought the toilet paper was running out. In some places I thought there would be no tomorrow – that was really an intense time. At Seifert Logistics Group we have a temporary storage facility for a large manufacturer of hygiene products. That’s also where we run the shuttle tours between the factory and the warehouse. The machines run 24 hours a day, and everything that is not directly needed goes to the temporary storage. When sales increase as they did in March and April, or now again in autumn, they produce virtually directly from the assembly line to the truck. There are no more shuttle transfers, but we bring the articles directly from the factory to the supermarkets. When the goods in the shops were sometimes very scarce, I used to drive the 40-tonne truck around with only five pallets because they were absolutely necessary. This does not happen in “normal” times.
Corona regulations cost time
Professional drivers must stick together
Improving the image of truck drivers
This makes me all the more pleased that my employer, the Seifert Logistics Group, is doing something for drivers and wants to improve the image of logistics. The management has supported the “Die Wirtschaftsmacher” initiative from the very beginning. There, the “Logistikhelden” campaign presents colleagues from all areas of the industry with their stories – it shows what we all achieve in logistics.
Harald Seifert, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Seifert Logistics Group, is personally committed to moving people and increasing interest in the logistics industry. His employee Jana Giuliano, a forklift driver at the Ehingen site, was portrayed for the “Logistikhelden” campaign. Her photo can be seen on the side of a trailer travelling in southern Germany.