LANGLEY, BC – Louise Yako has announced that by the end of this year she will step down as president and Chief Executive Officer of the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) – a role she has held for six years.
She has been a staff member of the province’s largest trucking association for two decades.
“I am so fortunate to have been able to work at this great organization that represents such a necessary industry. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to work with and for knowledgeable, dedicated and supportive members,” she said in a written announcement. “BCTA has survived and thrived for more than 100 years. I know that its future will be at least as successful as its past.”
You can’t work in the trucking industry for long without realizing the interconnectedness of the trucking world – goods with communities, roads with ports, airports, and railways, regulations across international and provincial borders and municipal boundaries, you name it. Another connection may not be immediately apparent: National Trucking Week and “jake” brakes.
National Trucking Week celebrates the efficient and largely unobtrusive work men and women in the industry undertake daily to provide us all with essentials year round. Few businesses or communities would survive without them. Jake brakes, a nickname for engine brakes, are used on heavy trucks to slow the vehicle down using engine compression. Engine brakes are also extremely efficient but may not be so unobtrusive, especially when not properly muffled.
The connection between the two isn’t about noise – festivals and fireworks and loud bangs from brakes – it’s about safety.