A businessman whose company has kept Eastbourne’s roads clear for more than 25 years has been recognised with a lifetime achievement award this month.
Mac Hobbs, of Hobbs Recovery in Polegate was presented with the Britannia Lifetime Achievement Award at the Professional Recovery Tow Show on September 17.
Hobbs recovery has been in business in Eastbourne for around 27 years working closely with emergency services to help keep the roads clear and safe.
Mac was given the award to recognise his contribution to the industry during his career.
“I was shocked, It was a very pleasant surprise.
As well as his business in Polegate, Mac helped to bring in compulsory safety training for workers while he was chairman of the Institute of Vehicle Recovery.
He gave evidence to government to help bring in the training and has worked hard to ensure the towing industry is represented.
Mac said, “Although it is hard to measure something like that, I’m sure less people are killed or injured on roads now.”
Mac is passionate about his industry does and wants to see tow companies get more credit for their work.
He said, “We deal with the majority of breakdowns, almost all of the crashes and the unpleasant jobs. If it wasn’t for us keeping the motorway clear the country would shut down.”
Mac and the institute are now in talks with the government to allow towing companies access to bus lanes to deal with accidents in cities more effectively.