Industry tributes flow for Jim Pearson Sr.

Well-regarded founder of Jim Pearson Transport has passed away

Industry tributes flow for Jim Pearson Sr.
Jim Pearson Sr


Jim Pearson Sr., respected industry figure and founder of the eponymous NSW trucking firm, is being remembered after his recent passing.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) tells of Pearson’s association with the transport industry beginning almost 70 years ago when he purchased a Caltex Service Station at Marks Point south of Newcastle.

In 1955, Pearson started Lake Macquarie Freighters and Macquarie Transport, before moving to Port Macquarie in 1974 and establishing Jim Pearson Transport. 

Pearson was recognised for his dedication and commitment to industry with the ATA’s Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry award in 2010. 

In 2015, Jim Pearson Transport won the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award for its strong safety culture and passion for improving safety outcomes within the business and wider community.  

Look back on Jim Pearson's TruckSafe award here

"The ATA and trucking community are deeply saddened by the loss of Jim, who was an outspoken and outstanding contributor to our industry," ATA chair David Smith says.

"A strong safety advocate, Jim was one of the first to introduce satellite tracking across his fleet to manage fatigue and was also involved in the early development of TruckSafe." 

Former ATA chair Denis Robertson says Pearson was a tremendous contributor to industry and was highly regarded for his integrity and professionalism.  

"Jim was a person who was committed to keeping people safe. He was willing to be the first to put up his hand when help was needed and was one of the first supporters of the ATA Safety Trailer," Robertson says.  

"Jim understood the industry’s needs and was a great advocate for industry unity, recognising the need for a single, united voice nationally. 

"Jim’s motivation and influence are still evident today with his son Jim Pearson Jnr, who has taken over the family business and continues to uphold his father’s high standards," he said,  

Pearson was also a life member of the Long Distance Road Transport Association, now NatRoad, and a member of the Transport Hall of Fame. 

"Jim will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Marette, his children, grandchildren and friends," Smith says.  


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