Driving heavy vehicles is Ridhi Prinja’s passion. Ridhi spent a year driving trucks, then almost five years as a bus driver for Transdev before moving into her current role in the operations control centre instructing drivers on Melbourne’s bus network to ensure services run smoothly.
“I could do anything when it comes to driving. When it comes to driving I’ll try anything – if you gave me a plane I’d probably try to drive it!” says Ridhi.
Ridhi enjoys the challenge of working in Transdev’s operations control centre saying her time as a bus driver has prepared her to assist drivers on the network; “The challenge of working in the OCC means although you a physically not on the road you mentally have to be there to visualise where the driver is and what kind of help you can provide.”
For Ridhi, International Women’s Day is about uplifting women and challenging people’s preconceived notions of what women are capable of; “The world is changing, people mindsets are changing, today females are accepted in every part of society and it is a day to celebrate.”
For women considering entering the transport industry Ridhi says; “Do it. Don’t listen to people who may say driving is not for females, or females are not good drivers. It’s just a stereotype. I’m proof that it is possible.”
When asked what advice she would give to her younger self Ridhi offers some words of wisdom; “You are much stronger than you think. Have more faith in yourself, more confidence in yourself and trust yourself.”
Transdev has an absolute commitment to gender equality and currently has a number of initiatives in place to support us to create a more inclusive workplace such as:
- Our Journey Maker Academy which is helping us to diversify our workforce with a focus on greater recruitment of female drivers
- Gender neutral paid parental leave
- Paid family violence leave
- Communications campaigns to create a more inclusive workplace
- Employer of Choice Citation for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency through Transdev Australasia.
This International Women’s Day, we will be celebrating the steps we have collectively taken to create a more equal society, as well as reflecting on how we can continue to work towards equality.