Truckers: Life on the Road, Friday, 7.30pm BBC Wales
02 Mar 2023
Posted By Kate Gibbs
2022 saw the UK trucking industry face challenges, the like of which had never been faced before. Brexit, the lingering effects of Covid, the Ukraine war and massive driver shortages as well as rocketing fuel and energy prices.
Truckers: Life on the Road follows the team at long standing RHA member company Owens - one of the oldest and biggest haulage companies in Wales. Proudly Welsh, from their base in Llanelli the Owens family run a haulage network that spans the UK, providing hundreds of vital jobs, as well as pride in the local community - and turning over £170 million a year.
From the boss to the warehouse ops, truckers and their families, the BBC team follows the company and its employees at a uniquely challenging time for both the haulage industry and ordinary Welsh people.
For managing director Ian Owen, the pressure’s on to keep the whole show on the road. Having worked for the company since leaving school, he took over the top job from his dad, company founder Huw, just over a year ago.
Now the trucking industry is facing unprecedented challenges. His latest headache is rocketing energy prices. An increase of 6p per litre on fuel, across the 400 trucks in the fleet, could add an extra £1 million onto the company’s fuel bill.
This isn't just about life on the road, it’s also about life at the sharp end.