ATA renames TruckSafe's animal welfare component

Fleming says name change reflects a better alignment with overall focus on animal welfare

ATA renames TruckSafe's animal welfare component
Justin Fleming


The Australian trucking Association (ATA) has announced a name change for its animal welfare TruckSafe module.

The ATA TruckSafe animal welfare component, currently known as TruckCare, is being renamed the Animal Welfare Module.

Trucksafe national manager Justin Fleming explains that the name change aims to better align with the overall focus of the animal welfare focus of TruckSafe.

"The new name reflects the focus of this module," Fleming says.

"This module is all about animal welfare and is a quality and safety management system for livestock transport businesses, big and small alike.

"Accreditation by operators shows their commitment to industry best practice and their clients in all aspects of their business".

The Animal Welfare Module is the voluntary sixth step in the process to gaining full accreditation.

To gain accreditation, TruckSafe members must first become accredited in the first five standards, which are:  

  • Management   
  • Maintenance
  • Training
  • On-road Compliance
  • Fitness for Duty and Driver Health

"Operators who have Animal Welfare accreditation will adhere to the strictest conditions for transporting animals and are operating at the highest standard possible in Australia," Fleming insists. 

"These operators have gone the extra mile to adopt a management system that assures their clients that procedures for transporting livestock exceed national minimum standards."

David Rogers, owner of DT Rogers Bulk and Livestock Transport, has been TruckSafe accredited since 1998 and gained animal welfare accreditation four years ago.

"TruckSafe’s Animal Welfare Module reflects the challenges facing the livestock transport industry and being accredited reflects my commitment to best practice," Rogers says.

Operators who produce TruckCare certification are not accredited, as these are no longer valid - the new Animal Welfare Module certification must be produced to validate accreditation.

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