ATA declares TruckWeek a success

TruckWeek event designed to promote the trucking industry hailed a success by the ATA

March 1, 2010

The inaugural TruckWeek event designed to promote the trucking industry has been hailed a success by the peak industry lobby.

The Australian Trucking Association says the number of events held from February 21 to 27 succeeded in informing the community about the importance of the industry and the issues it faces in the coming years.

The group says the event also educated the public on driving safely around trucks and the different careers available in trucking.

ATA Chairman Trevor Martyn says the public now has a better understanding of the industry.

"Across Australia, trucking operators and associations have shown the wider community that our industry is passionate about what we do," Martyn says.

"Each event has given the local community a good impression of our industry and shown them how we play a vital role in the Australian economy."

Industry groups such as NatRoad ran TV advertisements urging motorists to share the road safely with trucks, while NSW truck drivers were offered a free breakfast all of last week at Port Botany.

Sydney Ports CEO Grant Gilfillan and NSW Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner also spoke to drivers during the breakfast.

The ATA says more than 20 trucking companies in NSW also got involved by inviting local politicians and the community to learn more about the industry, while Linfox and the Victorian Transport Association promoted vehicle management systems to government representatives and police.

The ATA says operators from regional centres in Victoria and Queensland also worked to give community representatives and politicians a better understanding of the trucking industry.

"TruckWeek 2010 has been a great success and the ATA hopes that through the hard work of the associations and operators who got involved the general public gained a better understanding of the industry and road safety," Martyn says.

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