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ATA chief engineer retires after half a century of service

The chief engineer has played a major role in the Australian transport industry, including establishment PBS in the country

Australian Trucking Association (ATA) chief engineer Bob Woodward has announced his retirement after being involved in the road freight industry since the early 1970s.

The chief engineer is set to embark on a new chapter in his career, as reported by Big Rigs.

Woodward has held a variety of roles in his career, ranging from design and development engineering to project management and fleet coordination.

Big Rigs says Woodward helped revolutionise the way freight is carried on Australian roads, as well as playing an influential role in designing Queensland’s first B-double, the tandem/ tri-axle B-double, the Finemore Stinger Car Carrier and the 19-metre B-double.


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Throughout his long and successful time at the ATA, Woodward was also involved with the first central tyre inflation systems introduced in the Australian logging industry while also being involved in the establishment of PBS.

Woodward is the chair of the Standards Australia working group on heavy road vehicles and was awarded the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award in 2014.

Big Rigs says the new leadership of the ATA’s Industry Technical Council (ITC) has been announced, with Dennis Roohan (AJM Transport, NSW) and Lyndon Watson (Don Watson Transport, VIC) taking the reins. They will be supported by Sam Marks of the ATA secretariat.

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