Happy in the cab
Bidfood delivery driver Victoria Nisbett grew up with a love for driving, taking every opportunity to get behind the wheel of vehicles on the farm her dad worked on. Growing up, she saw women driving trucks and asked herself: ‘I wonder if I could do that too?’ That question can now be answered with full confidence.
Unfulfilled working in an orchard, around 12 years ago, Victoria decided to go out and land her ideal job. Armed with a Class 2 licence and brief experience driving a Kaiteriteri rubbish truck, she was determined to get her name out there.
“I handed my CV into every place where I could possibly get involved in driving trucks,” says Victoria.
Bidfood was the first to invite her in for an interview – and the role turned out to be everything she wanted.
“I’ve been much happier since starting this job,” says Victoria. “The driving aspect and chatting away to friendly customers is what I enjoy most. I look forward to it every day.”
Working around Murchison and Nelson’s lakes in a FUSO Canter, Victoria feels right at home. “I know the area really well, because I grew up in Murchison. It’s definitely one of New Zealand’s more scenic drives.”
Victoria says she has always given her all in whatever she does, but trucking is the first job that gives back.
“I like getting up in the morning for this job, which I had never done before. The money is a lot better, too!”
Victoria has faced her doubters, but has been quick to prove them wrong while surprising herself about what she is capable of.
“I’ve showed everyone I can reverse into a driveway, lift the heavy items, and perform all the other typical challenges people might think a woman can’t overcome. There’s nothing I find ‘too hard’ at all.”
Victoria thinks other women looking to make a similar move should follow their gut and go for it.
“If you have a passion for it, go out there and chase it and be prepared to work hard to make it happen.”
Victoria appreciates the importance of having other female role models in the industry.
“When I see women driving class 5 trucks, it shows me I can be in that position too. That’s my goal.”