Trevor Martyn energised by re-election as ATA chair

By: Jason Whittaker


Trevor Martyn has not dwelled on his re-election as Chairman of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), saying he will focus

Trevor Martyn has not dwelled on his re-election as Chairman of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), saying he will focus heavily on ensuring fairer outcomes for, and greater investment in, the trucking industry.

Martyn will take up his second two-year term as Chairman, along with Kathy Williams who was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer at the ATA annual general meeting today.

As well as thanking the council, board and secretariat for their ongoing work, Martyn says there is still a lot more to do to bring about more benefits for the industry.
"We will continue to fight for a fair deal on heavy vehicle charges," he says.
"We will also continue to press governments to carry out productivity reforms we have been promised."

Martyn, who served as President of the Victorian Transport Association, says the ATA will work with the newly-established Infrastructure Australia and will consult with governments on the Australian Transport Council’s plan for a national transport policy.

Climate change will also make up a large chunk of the ATA’s lobbying efforts throughout 2008. Martyn says the ATA needs to ensure operators and owner-drivers are given a fair deal in any emissions trading or fuel consumption reporting scheme.

The ATA will also invest more in safety initiatives such as fatigue management.
"We will continue our efforts to increase road safety, particularly concentrating on speed, fatigue management and increasing the number of rest stops around Australia’s road network," Martyn says.

Furthermore, the ATA will continue to build upon safety accreditation program TruckSafe. Martyn says the program will soon release fatigue management and mass management modules to help businesses better manage their operations.

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