Recognising excellence at Trucking Australia 2014

The Trucking Australia 2014 program featured a number of new innovations, including the very successful Trucking Australia 2014 event app, the Foundation Sponsors National Professional Driver of the Year reunion and free optional sessions before the start of the official program.

These optional sessions were very popular, with standing room only in the transport reform and regulation forum with NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto and NTC CEO Paul Retter AM.

During Trucking Australia 2014, delegates worked together to develop action plans to make trucking a healthy industry of choice and to update our safety priorities. The action plans can be downloaded from the ATA’s free resource library at

These plans will be considered at the next ATA council meeting in September, where we’ll take this feedback and prepare a detailed response.

Trucking Australia 2014 also recognised leading industry figures with the 2014 National Trucking Industry Awards. Please join me in congratulating our winners.

The National Professional Driver of the Year, Tom Scotney, has travelled more than 6.3 million kilometres without receiving a fine in the last 10 years. Tom is known for encouraging those around him to adopt safer work practices, and is not afraid to stop someone if he sees them doing work in an unsafe manner.
“What can I say – this is unbelievable. I’m very proud to be up here representing the industry I love,” he said.

The Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry Award went to David Simon of Simon National Carriers. David is the immediate past Chair of the ATA and has represented the industry through his positions on the NHVR project implementation board, the HVCI reform board, and as an observer to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure.

“The awards are about recognising those who contribute to the industry – there are many in this room who have given much of their own time and money,” he said.

The winner of the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award, Lynne Jack, took over the running of her father’s Volvo dealership in 1984 and was elected as a member of the Volvo Dealer Council six years later. She is a founding member of the Newcastle and Hunter Road Transport Awareness Day.

“Oh wow, what do I say? There are so many people to thank, especially the team at the ATA and my friend Jodie Broadbent at ATANSW,” she said.

The TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award went to Directhaul from Berrimah in the Northern Territory. Brian“Spud” Murphy said the award recognised the efforts of Directhaul’s dedicated and hardworking team.

“It’s great for this award to keep recognising the dedication and passion of John Kelly. I’d like to thank my people and my management for understanding the importance and the value you get out of maintenance,” he said.

The National Training Excellence Award went to Toll Mining Services in Newburn, Western Australia.

“Our aim over the next six months is to put MTData, EBS, 90km/h speed limiting and DSS to detect fatigue into every truck – it’s a big task,” Toll Mining Services Regional HSE Manager Geoff Massey said.

Phillip Crook, the General Manager Compliance for Toll, added the Toll Mining Services Team had achieved very high safety levels with consummate ease.

“We place very high standards on them, particularly in regards to safety. It doesn’t come at a small price – $25,000 – $30,000 per truck – and that makes them amongst the safest trucks in our fleet.”

The Don Watson Memorial Award was presented to Tim Wedlock, the Managing Director of Austbrokers AEI Transport Insurance Brokers. Mr Wedlock has more than 25 years of experience in providing insurance services to the transport and logistics industry.

“I sit here, like all of us, trying to work out who the winner is – and this year it’s me! Goodness me,” he said.

The National Trucking Industry Awards is sponsored by ATA Foundation Sponsors BP Australia, NTI and Volvo Trucks; Cummins South Pacific; Austbrokers AEI Transport; DECA and Castrol.

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