This Malayali trucker girl is a hit in Canada
Kochi: Meet Soumya Saji, a 24-year-old Malayali girl who drives a truck that carries 60 tonnes of loads through the snow-covered roads of Canada. The length of the truck trailer is 52 feet and of the tractor is 15 feet. The truck drivers in Canada are amused by the skill set of Soumya who drives the huge truck with 22 tyres. It is not exactly a cup of cake to ride a truck.
Soumya reached Canada in August 2019 to study Nutrition and Food Service Management. She learned about women riding big trucks during one of her random conversations with bus drivers from Cambridge. She learned more about truck driving from the Malayali association in Canada. Most men who work in this field are North Indian men. Soumya is the first Malayali girl to drive a truck in Canada.
Soumya is the only daughter of Kizhakkambalam native M P Sajimon and Mini. Sajimon works in the BPCL canteen and had to face a lot of hardships to send his daughter off to Canada. The expense of learning to ride the truck was a burden added to the other expenses of studying abroad. But the Malayali associations in Canada and her friends supported her.
Many tried to stop her when she tried to learn more about trucks. Soumya says that she did not let those discouragements bother her. The truck driving course for two months alone came up to Rs 5 lakhs. Soumya learned truck driving, by juggling time while working part-time and attending her course. The company now gives long trips to Soumya that were previously given only to men.
“We go on trips on the truck as a team of two. One person can only work for 13 hours. Sleep should be for 8 hours and 4 hours for rest. The truck will be running 24 hours.” Soumya opened up about her job. Soumya was an active worker in Thiruvankulam Mathrubhumi News circle.