Confirming T&B News’ earlier news item regarding Hino pulling out of the Brisbane Truck Show, the truck maker has now  announced it  will not be participating in the 2021 Show.

“Unfortunately due to the still-present uncertainty regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision that Hino will not be exhibiting at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show,” said Bill Gillespie, Hino’s vice president of brand and franchise development.

“This was not a decision we have taken lightly, and has come after ongoing deliberation at a senior management level,” said Gillespie.

“We held off making a final decision to see if the vaccine rollout would provide more confidence in terms of travel and social gatherings, but ultimately the health and safety of our staff must always come first.

“Attendance at events such as these requires a considerable amount of resources and forward planning, and with the ongoing potential of ‘circuit breaker’ lockdowns and state-border closures, hosting a stand at the show simply will not be possible.

“While the situation is currently stable, we are aware that it can change quickly – this ongoing uncertainty has resulted in a change to our business strategy in terms of events and shows in 2021.

“The Brisbane Truck Show is an event that we have wholeheartedly supported, but unfortunately at this time the company position has changed but we do wish the organisers all the very best for a successful 2021 show,” concluded Mr Gillespie.