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A leading transport service in Lithuania plans to recruit 600 truck drivers for its trans-Europe services and sought Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s intervention for a speedy training process for selected drivers.

This request was made by Dana Janerikaite, Senior Director of Manvesta in Lithuania who called on Prime Minister Gunawardena at the Temple Trees yesterday.

She said the company plans to recruit 600 truck drivers but could select only 109 persons with good driving skills and basic English knowledge.

“We pay a monthly salary of LKR one million to work in our trans-Europe truck services. We have contracts for the transport of luxurious vehicles including Mercedes Benz, Tesla, food and other goods to over 500 clients. We need good drivers and I prefer to recruit from Sri Lanka because it is easy to teach basic skills to literate persons,” she said.

The Prime Minister said the company could use the driver training facilities available at CTB Driving School and other training centres to speed up the process. 

He said he would take up the issue with the Labour Minister and the Foreign Employment Bureau to establish a data bank on applicants.

Local recruitment agency, Fortuna’s Managing Director Vimal Perera said the Manvesta’s training manager used the trucks available at Port of Colombo to test driver skills and has recruited more than 100 out of 300 applicants. 
“We urge the Government to provide left-hand drive trucks for these tests,” he said.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake, Manvesta’s Head of Training, Aussie Isganaitis and Fortuna’s Director Sussie Perera also attended the meeting.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)


  Comments - 12

  • Aj Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:04 PM

    Realy good news but seriously Hooe they drive well not like driving in SL.

    Ranga Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:26 PM

    CTB lol that garbage buses Indian garbage of which fleets have 1980s technology

    EU Kunde Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:46 PM

    Importing Sri Lankan deadly driving behaviour to Europe is certainly not desirable .

    From London Tuesday, 14 February 2023 04:26 PM

    I am Sri Lankan Engineer from London. These are my points; (1) Lithuania is one of the most backward and unimportant country in Europe, most Lithuanians like the Polish work as labourers in Britain, it will be insulting to Sri Lankan professionals in Britain to realise that our countrymen are drivers in Lithuania. (2) Contrary to the “peaceful and civilised “ perception of Europe in Sri Lanka, Europe is a very violent land and racism against non whites is lurking undersurface at all times as such Sri Lankans driving across Europe is not safe at all, our drivers could be attacked or even killed.(3) Sri Lankan politicians are not so clever and don’t understand the world outside Sri Lanka. People are not friendly and relaxed like in Sri Lanka. Our politicians would encourage this Lithuanian plan but people have to be aware of the pitfalls and dangers for non whites in Europe.

    Sokrates Tuesday, 14 February 2023 05:42 PM

    The salary sounds very good at first glance. However, it is only the legal minimum wage. In this job you are usually on the road 120 hours a week. So you're only in the truck, whether you're driving or sleeping off the mandatory breaks in the sleeping compartment (the mandatory breaks are not part of working hours). The mandatory breaks are very strictly controlled by the police throughout Europe checking the electronic tachographs in the trucks. It's a tough job. That's why there aren't enough truck drivers. However, the payment is the same for everyone, no matter which country the driver is from. This is an EU law.

    Lal. Fernando. Wednesday, 15 February 2023 01:48 AM

    This is very great news. But it is essential not only to teach them driving heavy vehicles, but also, strict discipline ought to be tought.

    Fred Wednesday, 15 February 2023 05:15 AM

    Some very good comments above.Labour officials should check If accurate they should give appropriate warnings to potential drivers so they are aware of pitfalls and set up a mechanism to support them later when there are genuine issues.These are citizens of SL some with families.

    Ceylonese Wednesday, 15 February 2023 06:41 AM

    These are B Doubles and you need good training to drive these heavy vehicles unlike the small trucks we have in Sri Lanka. You also have to be prepared to drive at night time during winter in Europe when there is less traffic on the road.

    K.L Pathirana Wednesday, 15 February 2023 12:32 PM

    I don't have a good feeling on this employment opportunity. Our people have no experience in driving on icy roads, heavy trucks like 60ft container trucks. We got Dimo Butta experience on crowded roads, even knocking down some bystander policeman once, and it turned out a wrestling match.

    Dennis Satingasin Pace Friday, 24 February 2023 07:41 AM

    How to apply heavy truck driver going to Lithuania I dreams to work at truck driver, I'm from Philippines and I work truck driver here in Qatar right now but I plan to apply going there Lithuania please I have email addresses put down. Thank very much

    Kaish Kt Saturday, 18 March 2023 11:01 PM

    Please recuire indian trailer driver who is educated and speak english indian trailer driver is good for driving and mantainance

    Altaf Hussain Wahla Wednesday, 03 May 2023 05:53 PM

    I'm interested for have truck driver jobs


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