A TRANSSEXUAL trucker from Merseyside will star in a one-off documentary following the lives of women lorry drivers.
Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 41, will feature alongside a line-up of female truckers trying to make their way in a male-dominated industry.
The Channel 4 show, MotherTruckers, which airs on Thursday, chronicles Vikki- Marie’s struggle to find work and acceptance.
Vikki-Marie, who lives in Seacombe, told the News: “I had such a fantastic time making the programme. The girls were great and it was great to be able to relate to someone who knows the job as well as you do.
“Driving is something I’ve done all my life, so it was great to chat to the girls about it and hear about their experiences – the majority of which have been very positive.”
Vikki-Marie, who began life as Mike, joined the Army and became an LGV and HGV driver – and then proud dad to a baby girl.
But five years ago she made the decision to become a woman – a decision which ended with her taking her employers to court for sexual discrimination.
She won the case and now fits freelance agency trucking around her work as a mobile beautician and masseuse.
Vikki-Marie said: “It’s a bit different for me because I’ve had to fight to get on the roads.
“All the girls have proved they have the bottle to be drivers in a very difficult trade which is dominated by men.
“I’ve played both sides, I’ve sat in the room with the blokes when they had quite crude conversations, so it was just so refreshing to be around other women.
“The conversation is so much nicer and they talk about the beauty of driving like the lovely countryside – it’s nice to see different perspectives on the same trade.”
The show follows Vikki- Marie finally starting full time work for a probationary period for a sympathetic employer who delivers skips and she is anxious to make her mark as a perfect employee.
Vikki-Marie added: “I had so much fun making the show, I definitely think people will love it.”
Watch MotherTruckers at 10pm on Thursday.