Future of industry dependent on NHVR and RSRT: Crouch

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

NatRoad president highlights issues he says are key to the fortunes of the trucking industry.

Future of industry dependent on NHVR and RSRT: Crouch
Strong interest: NatRoad president Geoff Crouch expects a record number of delegates at this year's NatRoad conference.


The trucking industry’s fortunes will largely hinge on what happens with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), according to NatRoad president Geoff Crouch.

Speaking ahead of the annual NatRoad conference next month, Crouch says the two issues need to be done right if the industry is to move forward.

The matters are two of many that will be discussed at the NatRoad conference, which will be held on August 15 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

"It’s been a tough industry for the last few years and it will continue to be so but we believe there’s a number of things that are on the agenda that perhaps may lead to a new beginning; things such as what’s going to happen with the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal – will there be a new beginning as far as [the] entity is concerned?" Crouch says.

"There’s a modern reward review process going through at the moment which potentially could also lead to a new beginning as far as industry is concerned and of course the continuing process with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

"It had its beginnings 12 months ago but with its second time around we certainly hope it’s going to be much more successful than it was the last time around.

"If we can get those things right which are the major issues that affect the day to day operations of every single member of the Australian road transport industry – it’s absolutely critical that we get it right and if we do get it right I think the industry can be optimistic as far as the future is concerned."

Crouch says there has been strong interest in NatRoad’s upcoming conference despite many operators facing tough economic times.

He says more than 200 operators have registered to attend the event and that the final number is expected to exceed last year’s attendance figure of 300 delegates.

"We are above what we were this time last year as far as registrations are concerned so we have very good interest and we are expecting it to be the biggest one we have ever had," Crouch says.

He puts the increase in interest down to people realising their participation at the conference does make a difference.

"The format that we have followed last year came up with a large number of policy and agenda items that the delegates wanted NatRoad to follow through on their behalf which has been done," Crouch says.

"We have reported back some reasonably good success and I think the members recognise that and they’re keen to have their voice [heard] again this year to set the agenda for the next twelve months."

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