Trucking Australia 2015 a huge success

Trucking Australia 2015 was all about giving industry the opportunity to drive the ATA’s priorities in its forward work program. Delegates provided strong and constructive input into a number of key issues, including:

• Heavy Vehicle National Law reform;
• Industry safety issues and priorities;
• Attracting and training new entrants to the industry; and
• Building outstanding trucking businesses.

The ATA has developed its 2015-2017 strategic plan to get results for its members at a time when the industry and regulators need to continue improving safety standards, the industry needs to attract more new people and governments are continuing to examine how industry is charged and how roads are planned and funded.

As the third year of this feedback process, the ATA’s forward work program now reflects extensive input directly provided by industry through Trucking Australia events. For the next 12 months, the ATA’s efforts will focus on:

• Continuing to lobby government for more effective and fairer chain of responsibility laws;
• Lobbying governments to establish a public national database of coronial recommendations about road safety, including responses, as a first step toward creating a no-blame safety investigation capacity for fatal truck crashes;
• Having the TruckSafe Accreditation scheme formally recognised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), and negotiating appropriate benefits its accredited operators;
• Working with the National Transport Commission and the NHVR to develop a more uniform and transparent ‘Compliance and Enforcement Policy’ for heavy vehicles;
• Lobbying government to reduce compliance costs and red tape;
• Improving route access for high productivity freight vehicles;
• Removing capital gains tax from business ownership transfers within families;
• Lowering business taxes;
• Attracting new entrants into our industry; and
• Ensuring road user charging and road expenditure processes are fair, effective and transparent. 

The ATA’s priorities are firmly based on its mission statement of “a safe, professional and viable trucking industry”.

We will continue to proclaim, and defend, the trucking industry’s professional reputation. Trial by media or government has no place in our industry. Everyone should be afforded the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.

The legal protections for trucking business executive officers prosecuted for chain of responsibility offences have been improved, although further work is needed to bring the Heavy Vehicle National Law into line with COAG principles and guidelines.

At Trucking Australia 2015, delegates also stated that law enforcement agencies should be held to account for chain of responsibility prosecutions that are launched on non-substantive grounds or because governments want to be seen to be doing something due to media pressure.

The ATA is also committed to recognising industry excellence, particularly through the National Trucking Industry Awards. At the ATA 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner, we were delighted to recognise the winners for 2015:

Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry
Heather Jones – Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, Karratha, WA
National Professional Driver of the Year
Aaron Busk – Tytec Logistics, Wacol, QLD
National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year
Julie Russell – RB Russell Transport, Eagle Farm, QLD
TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award
Jim Pearson Transport – Port Macquarie, NSW
National Training Excellence Award
Members of the Queensland Trucking Association – Various, QLD
Don Watson Memorial Award
Paul ‘Harro’ Harrison – Paul Harrison Transport, NSW

I’d like to extend my congratulations to these fantastic ambassadors for the industry, and also to the finalists in each category. These people do our industry proud. The National Trucking Industry Awards are sponsored by ATA Foundation Sponsors BP Australia, NTI and Volvo Trucks; Cummins South Pacific; Austbrokers AEI Transport; DECA; Bridgestone Bandag and Castrol.

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