Who won’t be glad to see the back of 2020? It has been a year like no other and as we embark on another journey through 2021 we must brace ourselves for more of the unknown.
Brexit has brought its own challenges, equalled, perhaps surpassed, only by the Covid-19 pandemic, and although a vaccine is even now being distributed there are no guarantees that it heralds the end of the virus; the reality is that it is going to be around for a very long time, so all of us in business need to continue adapting to the new norm.
And it is fair to say that the transport & logistics industry has done just that; it has come through one of the most challenging periods anyone can remember, and events over the past year has brought to the attention of the public in no small measure just how important the sector is to our everyday lives and to the economy as a whole.
We salute all of you – key workers on the front line and behind the scenes, and our heroes of the road – who have done their bit to keep the supply chain intact, to keep the wheels of the industry rolling, and we have no doubt that you will rise to the challenges of the New Year ahead of us.
Here at Export & Freight, for our part, we will keep you informed of all the important news and developments through the pages of our magazine, through our weekly newsletters which should be dropping into your mailbox each Wednesday, and on our regularly updated website.
In this issue, we hear in depth from Infrastructure Minister Nicholas Mallon on her priorities for the transport industry in the year ahead, we celebrate MAN’s TGX named International Truck of the Year, look at the importance of commercial vehicle insurance and find out what’s new in the tyre market.
We also look back the how National Lorry Week was marked in Northern Ireland, discover why Fegan Transport is more than just a family affair and hear from the Lisburn truck driver who is flying high with Easyjet!