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Nominations Open for 2017 Craig Roseneder Award

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Craig Roseneder Award, which recognises technical and maintenance excellence in the trucking industry, according to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

The 2017 Craig Roseneder Award is reportedly open to individuals with a minimum of five years’ experience working full time in the Australian trucking industry for a trucking company, supplier or commercial workshop as a workshop manager, mechanic or support person within the maintenance field for heavy vehicles.

According to the Australian Trucking Association, organiser of the Award and the Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC) held in Victoria, this year’s Award recipient will receive a fully paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, including return airfares to the USA, full conference registration, five nights’ premium conference accommodation, partners’ programme registration (if applicable) and $1,500 spending money.

The recipient will also reportedly receive complimentary registration to the 2018 ATA-ARTSA Technical and Maintenance Conference.

“I was extremely honoured to be selected for the award,” said 2016 Award winner, Cade Robinson. “Attending the TMC conference in the US was an educational, memorable and humbling experience, and it inspired me to expand my knowledge and explore even more opportunities within this industry.”

Nominations must be received by Friday 22 September. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The award will be presented at the 2017 Technical and Maintenance Conference.

For more information on the Craig Roseneder Award, visit the ATA website.

ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing

Among the topics in the news this week from Diesel News are ESC, PBS, Linfox, Truck Classes and Roller Brake Testing.

The Australian Government should require new trucks and trailers to be fitted with stability control technology and should do it fast, according to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA).

Geoff Crouch, ATA Chair, said electronic stability control is a vehicle safety system that monitors the stability and sideways acceleration of a heavy vehicle, and kicks in to brake the vehicle if it detects a rollover starting. Read more

Talk Directly to the Problem

David Coonan is one of those people who would always talk directly to the problem in his long career associated with the trucking industry. He is a passionate man who does not have a problem with calling a spade a spade. At heart, he is someone who has a sharp intellect and a big heart to go with his passion for the industry. His time at the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) saw him battling the legislators and bureaucrats, toe to toe, on a daily basis. Read more

Linfox Appointment, VW/Navistar, Tesla, TMC, Hydrogen Trucks and a New Scania Team

The latest from Diesel News this week includes a Linfox Appointment, VW/Navistar, Tesla, TMC, Hydrogen Trucks and a New Scania Team, plus 3D Printing and Strong Truck Sales.

Terry Quinnell has been appointed Linfox President – Retail after 40 years’ experience in the logistics industry. Quinnell began his career as a Linfox driver in 1978, and has managed some of Linfox’s largest customers as Vice President – Retail, plus spent nine years as General Manager – Woolworths. He recently led the development and implementation of Linfox’s new subcontractor management system FOXLink. Read more

Epic Fail by the ATO, ACCC Involved in Road Tolls and National Harmonisation

This week has seen an Epic Fail by the ATO, ACCC Involved in Road Tolls and National Harmonisation coming onto the agenda in a real way.

According to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), the epic size of the tax office’s failure to consult about its decision to slash employee truck driver travel expenses has got industry associations up in arms.

During the 2017–18 income year, the tax office will allow employee truck drivers to claim just $55.30 per day in travel expenses (excluding accommodation) without detailed receipts. In 2016–17, the amount allowed was $97.40. In the same determination, the tax office increased the reasonable food and drink allowance for comparable employees in other industries from $106.90 per day to $109.35 per day. Read more

Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory

This week in Diesel News, it’s all happening. Brett Wright Retires, Victoria Extends Length Allowance, TruckSafe on Infrastructure Projects and Road Building in the Territory.

Heavy Vehicle Industry Association (HVIA) CEO, Brett Wright, has announced his impending retirement from his current role.

“It is with many great memories, fondness and pride that I announce my leaving HVIA,” said Wright. “I have been privileged, firstly to have been given the opportunity to work for the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) all those years ago and then to continue to lead it over the last twenty years culminating in its transformation into a truly national industry body, HVIA, in 2015.” Read more

National Trucking Industry Awards

National Trucking Industry Awards

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has announced the 2017 winners of the National Trucking Industry Awards at the Trucking Australia conference in Darwin. The awards were presented at the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre.


“I would like to extend my congratulations to all the winners. These awards recognise individuals and businesses that go above and beyond in their service to the trucking industry,” said Ben Maguire, ATA CEO.


The winners are:


Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry, sponsored by BP Australia, NTI and Volvo Trucks went to Roger Pickering, Pickering Transport Group (Swan Hill, VIC).


Roger grew up in Swan Hill and district until he moved to Melbourne at age 15 and began his working life. After a few months of experience in the transport industry, his father got him to join the family business.


Currently based in Mildura, Roger’s business provides employment for hundreds of regional people. He sits in an overall management role, closely involved with the buzz, pressure and excitement of operations, matching customers’ and drivers’ expectations and capabilities with the movement of freight.


National Trucking Industry Awards
National Professional Driver of the Year went to Danial McFee, Gilbert’s Transport Services.

National Professional Driver of the Year, sponsored by BP Australia, NTI and Volvo Trucks, went to Danial McFee, Gilbert’s Transport Services Pty Ltd (Cavan, SA).


Danial has worked with Gilbert’s Transport for 31 years. The son of a truck driver, Danial started as a local driver based at the company’s depot at Strathalbyn in Adelaide Hills, doing abattoir related work, progressing to interstate work, driving to Brisbane and Sydney and driving double road trains to Perth.


In 1996, Danial started doing the regular triple road train run from Adelaide to Darwin and Tennant Creek. He averaged 288,000km per year and racked up six million kilometres on that route alone. Doing the run week in and week out incident-free, is proof of his high level of skill, care and expertise and his ability to deal with the challenges of operating a triple road train on a road with little margin for error.


Trucking Industry Woman of the Year

Award, sponsored by Cummins South Pacific, went to Tracie Dickenson, Daryl Dickenson Transport (Archerfield, QLD).


Tracie’s father was a long-haul owner-driver, so her association with road transport began early in her life. In 1990, she met Daryl, an interstate driver, and started travelling with him full-time, where she learnt about working interstate transport.


In 2001, operating from home, Tracie and Daryl formed Daryl Dickenson Transport with one truck and one full-time employee. In 2003, Daryl Dickenson Transport set up operation from its first depot in Wacol. Today the company has grown to a fleet of 40 trucks and more than 60 employees with storage facilities in Yatala.


National Training Excellence Award, sponsored by DECA, went to De Bruyn’s Transport (Burnie, TAS).


De Bruyn’s Transport in Tasmania is operated by brothers John and Dirk, together with their cousin John. Cornelius de Bruyn, the great uncle of the present owners, established the company in 1965. It is TruckSafe, NHVAS Mass Management and Basic Fatigue Management accredited.


De Bruyn’s Transport employs 200 people across five depots and utilises some 120 heavy vehicles, 200 trailers, two fish farm support vessels as well as numerous forklifts and other specialised pieces of equipment.


National Trucking Industry Awards
The TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award went to Collins Adelaide Transport.

TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award, sponsored by AEI Transport, went to Collins Adelaide Transport (Adelaide, SA).


Collins Adelaide is a wholly family owned company that commenced operations in 1965, with John Collins operating one tray truck between Adelaide and Melbourne.


The company has now expanded to more than 300 employees across South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. The company maintains the motto of ‘a family tradition of customer service’ and has proudly been a member of TruckSafe since 1997.


Don Watson Memorial Award went to Ray Ablett, Abletts Transport (Queanbeyan, NSW).


Ray was born in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria where he watched his dad start his trucking business. Before long, he was driving for his father. He started carrying timber and general goods in regional Victoria and this continued till he purchased his own truck in the late 1970’s. Sometime later, he and his dad combined their businesses to form what is today a national company, Abletts Transport.


Ray is a hard-working man, dedicated to his business and the trucking industry as a whole. Whenever there is an industry event or community event that needs help or support, Ray and his team are there.