ATA restructures committees to respond to industry challenges

By: Jason Whittaker

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has restructured its key result area committees (KRA) in order to reflect the number of

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has restructured its key result area committees (KRA) in order to reflect the number of policy challenges the industry will face in 2008.

The KRA committees are designed to bring together operators and industry representatives to develop ways to respond to issues affecting the trucking sector.

With the election of the Rudd Government resulting in a number of new policy initiatives, such as Infrastructure Australia, ATA Chief Executive Stuart St Clair says the restructuring of KRA committees is a necessary step.

In 2008, the ATA will be putting together detailed submissions to Infrastructure Australia about the bottlenecks and capacity constraints in Australia’s road system," he says.

"We will also have to keep responding to the development of the new National Transport Policy, although our state member organisations are taking a lead role in talking to state governments as they put the elements of the policy together."

The shift in Australia’s approach to climate change has also forced the establishment of a new committee called the Economics, Pricing and Environment KRA.

The committee will be given a broad agenda encompassing competition policy, taxes and charges, climate change, energy policy and air pollution issues.

"The rollout of emissions trading will be a key environmental policy issue for the industry over the next few years," St Clair says.

"It will directly affect the industry’s competitiveness and the prices we charge our customers."

Managing Director of Simon National Carriers David Simon has been appointed chair of the new KRA committee.

The new appointment is one of a number of new changes to the structure of the committees, with the ATA appointing Derek Nathan, the chair of the Transport Forum Western Australia, to chair the Skills and Workforce KRA.

South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) boss Steve Shearer will continue in his role as chair of the Safety KRA on an interim basis while Noelene Watson will continue chairing the Communications KRA.

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