RFNSW Awards celebrate industry excellence

Five outstanding examples recognised at end of conference

RFNSW Awards celebrate industry excellence
Trucksafe general manager Justin Fleming, LBRCA COO Bec Coleman and award-winner Reggie Sutton


The Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) 2018 conference ended with a bang, as the awards ceremony celebrated the best from across the road transport industry 

RFNSW hosts the awards to showcase the hard work, road safety, innovation and expertise of members across NSW.

The five winners are:

Outstanding Contribution to the NSW Trucking Industry: sponsored by Teletrac Navman

Leigh Smart, Formula Chemicals

NSW Transport Woman of the Year: sponsored by Daimler Truck and Bus

Roslyn Anderson, Wales Truck Repairs

NSW Professional Driver of the Year: sponsored by BP Australia

Joshua Carter, Carter Heavy Haulage

NSW TopTechnical and Maintenance: sponsored by Bridgestone

Raymond ‘Reggie’ Sutton, R Sutton Transport

NSW Best Safety Culture Award: sponsored by icare

JL Pierce Transport

O’Hara hails the winners for the role they all play in advancing the road transport industry and improving trucking for all.

"Congratulations to all of our winners for the valuable contributions they’ve made to our industry over the past 12 months.

"RFNSW would like to commend them all for the dedication, commitment and integrity they have shown in helping raise the awareness and appreciation of what our drivers do out on the roads each and every day.

"It’s fitting that we can formally recognise them all, as they showcase all that’s good in our industry.

"It’s fitting that we can formally recognise them all, as they showcase all that’s good in our industry."

The RFNSW2018 conference covered a range of pressing industry topics, including the latest on the 1 October CoR changes and the announcement of a national roadside database.

Addressing the attributes that allowed each of the winners to gain their accolades, O’Hara says: "Leigh Smart has over 40 years’ experience in the HV and chemical manufacturing industry. Leigh is not only a passionate advocate for our industry, but is also deeply committed to giving back to the community. Leigh has developed a strong program of corporate social responsibility (CSR), founding and operating the bi-annual Truck Week awareness event for local Melrose Park school children and he’s a generous fundraiser for the Fiji Cancer Society, as well as the Fred Hollows Foundation – Pacific Eye Institute and Fiji Blind Society.

"Roslyn Anderson grew up in the transport industry and is a fine example of what dedication is all about. Whilst working for a transport company, she studied at night at TAFE and then at University to achieve a TAFE Certificate and a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and she is a CPA. Her knowledge and expertise comes to the fore at the smash repair firm where’s she’s working. She’s supported the growth in the business from 5 to 22 employees and still spends time at the truck workshop supporting drivers. Roslyn is also actively involved in charitable and community causes, including Convoy for Kids. We need more women like Roslyn in our industry.

"Joshua Carter has the safety of his staff, clients and the driving community as his main priority. Josh drives a staggering 700,000 kilometres a year, but has never lost a licence point or been involved in an incident. Josh continues to adopt cutting-edge technology and ongoing driver training. It’s this type of commitment to safety which is changing some of the negative perceptions associated with the transport industry.

"Reggie Sutton is a qualified diesel and automotive mechanic and his hands-on skills and knowledge have enabled him to manage his own fleet and assist other transport operators in the Riverina area. As a 2018 TruckSafe Ambassador, Reggie is fully-committed to HV safety and has become a mentor for young drivers, encouraging more people to join our industry.

"JL Pierce Transport is a proud family owned business which has been operating for over 65 years and currently operates 150 trucks, employing over 350 people. Their vision is to achieve a superior distribution service for clients through the delivery of dedicated innovative logistics, specifically within the fuel and petroleum industry. The company is committed to continual improvement and industry best practice through investment in innovation, safety and resources."


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