7m kilometre trek to win Professional Driver crown


After 7 million kilometres, Victorian driver William Taylor named Professional Driver of the Year

By Jason Whittaker

With 7 million incident-free kilometres on the clock, veteran Victorian driver William Taylor has been named the Professional Driver of the Year.

Taylor, an assistant manager and driver for Victorian Truck Moves, received the trophy at the annual Global Transport NatRoad Awards as part of the NatRoad conference on the Sunshine Coast today.

Taylor began driving in the mid 1950s and, according to the judges, has enthusiastically embraced change in the trucking industry.

The popular winner was drawn from a list of finalists that included 36-year driving veteran and fleet owner Ray Eldridge and Bombala-based owner-driver Terence Murphy.

Meanwhile, a female compliance manager from Blackney's Transport has taken out the Transport Youth Award.

Annastasia Denigan is responsible for the regulatory compliance of Blackney's 70-strong fleet, regularly preparing external audits and conducting internal reviews.

Denigan beat a field including Terence Norman, a B-Double driver for Brian Hicks Transport, and apprentice heavy vehicle mechanic Darren Heath.

The awards, now in their 12th year and sponsored by Global Transport and Automotive Insurance, were judged by Global Transport's Russell Wiggins, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) CEO Stuart St Clair and long-standing industry identity Phyllis Jones.

The NatRoad conference continues tomorrow at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, with a gala dinner wrapping up the event on Saturday night.

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