Tasmanian Transport Association resumes chair at the big table

State transport lobby returns to ATA fold as national issues are felt in the island state

Tasmanian Transport Association resumes chair at the big table
Noelene Watson says she is glad the ATA is truly national again.


The Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) national credentials have been burnished with the Tasmanian Transport Association (TTA) rejoining after nearly seven years.

The TTA’s withdrawal came to light in January 2009, with high ATA fees the stated reason.

Now, the need to be part of the national debate is seen as essential.

TTA is the peak association for the Tasmanian transport industry, providing representation and member services to its members across all modes of transport.

It reflects the special issues confronted by local transport operators due to Tasmania’s geography and decentralisation but the advent of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the impact of its rules has impinged on its isolation.

"It’s essential for us to have a seat at the big table, and be able to negotiate and be represented at the top level," TTA executive director Robin Phillips says.

"A big issue for our members at the moment is dealing with the over-size, over-mass permit system, particularly with the issues around the changeover to the NHVR.

"We are looking forward to working with the ATA to resolve this."

The move is a boost for the national body and ATA chair Noelene Watson welcomes it.

"It’s wonderful to be a truly national association again," Watson says.

"With the addition of the Tasmanian Transport Association, our members now cover every state and territory, as well as the long distance, livestock and furniture removal sectors of the industry.

"We’re looking forward to working with TTA to represent its members on a national level, and I congratulate their board on making the decision to rejoin the ATA.

"I know that the TTA’s members are very active and committed operators, and I encourage them to use this to engage with the ATA in a similar fashion."

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