ATA to recognise trucking heroes with new award

The trucking lobby will create new award to recognise truck drivers for acts of bravery, heroism and skill

By Brad Gardner | June 17, 2010

The trucking lobby will create a new award to recognise truck drivers for acts of bravery, heroism and skill.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) yesterday voted to introduce the award as part of the National Trucking Industry Awards, held during at the Australian Trucking Convention each year.

The winner will be given a trophy and a cash prize. To be eligible, drivers will need to go through a vetting process to test the accuracy of their claims.

ATA Government Relations Manager Bill McKinley says the award will be included in the event for next year.

"It is hoped the award and the publicity surrounding it would contribute to improved road safety awareness and play a small part in improving public perceptions of drivers and the industry," the ATA says.

The group is currently negotiating a sponsor for the award, which will replace the Goodyear Highway Hero Award that was discontinued in 2008.

"It’s an important initiative," McKinley says the new award.

He says the ATA’s role is to encourage professionalism and excellence and drivers who commit acts of bravery need to be recognised.

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