Troncs Transport recognised for safety efforts

Troncs Transport has been recognised for its innovative management and driver safety programs, winning an industry excellence award

Troncs Transport recognised for safety efforts
Troncs Transport recognised for safety efforts
By Brad Gardner | August 24, 2010

Troncs Transport’s quest to improve management practices and driver safety has paid off, with the company recognised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA) Queensland.

The Queensland-based trucking company last week won CILTA Queensland’s Excellence Award in Safety for its innovative business ranking system and driver demerit points scheme.

The ranking system grades each of the company's depots from A to E on a monthly basis and focuses on five key areas: safety, human resources, operational performance, sales and marketing, and financials. The system has reduced expenditure, workplace injuries, vehicle accidents and incidents.

Under the demerit points scheme, drivers receive 12 points every six months. Points are deducted for speeding and Troncs begins a counselling process once seven points are incurred.

Mark Joines from Troncs says the award recognises Troncs as an industry leader and the time and effort the company has put into improving safety.

"We don’t just preach safety, we make it part of our lives," he says.

"Now we’ve been nominated for the national awards."

The CILTA National Awards will be held on October 29 in Sydney.

Joines says the ranking and demerit point programs are have also helped Troncs reduce its Workcover premiums by almost half of what competitors are paying.

Troncs is now working with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and other trucking companies to develop safety benchmarks for the industry.

The operator competed against Polar Fresh Cold Chain Services and Queensland Rail for the safety gong.

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