David Coonan retires from ATA

David Coonan, Policy Manager for the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), has retired following an extended illness.

Chief Executive of the ATA, Stuart St Clair, paid tribute to Coonan citing his eight years of service in the ATA as a passionate advocate for trucking operators across Australia.

“David had an expert understanding of government process and regulation, and he was able to back it up with a detailed knowledge about how trucks and engines work. For example, he could be heard in the office discussing with regulators the pin voltages on electronic brake connectors, before switching to a teleconference about truck charging,” he said.

“David’s major achievements at the ATA included his role in working through more than a thousand issues with the original draft of the Heavy Vehicle National Law. The law isn’t perfect, but it’s much better than it would have been if David hadn’t been involved.

Mr St Clair added: “David was a strong advocate for the industry on heavy vehicle charging. After years of discussion, the ATA finally convinced transport ministers to review the existing charging system. As a result, the NTC concluded that the existing system would overcharge the truck and bus industries by $232 million in 2014-15.

“David will be greatly missed. On behalf of everyone at the ATA, I wish him better health and all the best for his retirement.”

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