Road user charging, driver training, advanced emergency braking systems and payment terms have all be raised by the next generation of trucking industry leaders in lobbying meetings with senior politicians.
Participants in the 2020 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum raised these key issues in lobbying meetings this week with Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Catherine King, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety, Senator Glenn Sterle.
“These are issues of importance and relevance to every member of the Australian trucking industry. It is vital their interests are represented with a strong and united voice,” ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said.
“The ATA is proud to work with our young leaders who have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving industry,” he said.
During their time at Parliament House, the 2020 Future Leaders also sat in on the House of Representatives Question Time after a formal lunch with Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Michael McCormack and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Nola Marino.
“The Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum provides an invaluable opportunity for participants to further their careers while representing their member associations and businesses,” Mr Crouch said.
“Not only do our participants receive mentorship in media, leadership, and politics, they also have a chance to put their learnings into practice right away in real-life circumstances.
“It is clear from our time during the forum sessions and our meetings today at Parliament House that our 2020 cohort have the passion and expertise to make a positive change,” he said.
Following their time in Canberra this week, the 2020 Future Leaders will each complete a take-home leadership project on an industry issue important to them, which will be presented at Trucking Australia 2020, held in Cairns from 1-3 April.
The ATA and its member associations collectively represent the 50,000 business and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry. Together, the ATA and its members are committed to safety, professionalism and viability.