09:29 am, Sunday 8 May, 2011
The 2011 Australian Trucking Convention is being held from 25-28 May 2011, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.
At the Convention, the Australian Trucking Association will launch its 20th anniversary history, Putting Safety First.
The industry is much safer than it was twenty years ago, with safer trucks, safer drivers, safer roads and safer companies, according to the ATA.
The book was developed by a history committee led by Peter Rocke, the first chair of the Road Transport Industry Forum, which was ultimately renamed the ATA.
“Twenty years ago, the industry was very fragmented. The Grafton truck and bus crash in 1989 focused our attention very strongly. We realised that if we didn’t take a united approach to safety we could be regulated out of business,” said Rocke.
“Today, the national and state governments recognise the ATA as a truly national and representative voice of the road transport industry.
“We put the book together because we felt that if we didn’t record the beginnings and the reasons for starting the ATA, they would be lost in time and forgotten,” he said.
The book tells the story of the ATA’s key achievements, including:
- It’s two mobile safety exhibitions: the Safety Education Trailer, now on display at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs, and the Road Ahead, launched in 2008. These exhibitions have told tens of thousands of people about the industry and how to share the road safely with trucks.
- The TruckSafe safety accreditation program, businesses in the TruckSafe system are twice as safe as non-accredited businesses.
- The 100 km/h per hour speed limiters installed in every truck and the chain of responsibility laws. Under chain of responsibility, trucking businesses and even the industry’s customers can be held to account if their actions, inactions or demands lead to safety violations on the road.
- A dramatic increase in road funding, more truck rest areas and the fuel tax credits system.
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