The ATA was established to improve the trucking industry’s safety, professionalism and viability after the Grafton truck and bus crash in October 1989, which reportedly claimed 21 lives and was the worst accident in Australian road transport history at the time.
The Association is the collective voice for its members and is advocates to the Australian Government, the Opposition, parliamentaries and government agencies.
ATA's impressive record of achievements
The ATA has an impressive record of achievement on behalf of its members, some of which includes:
- released detailed submissions, backed by comprehensive legal advice, calling for amendments to the draft National Heavy Vehicle Laws
- the NSW Government has acted on the ATA’s long-standing call to have all trucks found travelling at more than 115km/h on the flat grounded, because they must have a defective speed limiter
- the Northern Territory and WA governments rejected the registration charge increase recommended by the NTC
- the 2012 Federal Budget delivered an extra $140 million for truck rest areas and other productivity measures
- held a heavy vehicle demonstration day showcasing Australia’s unique modular combinations to international safety expert Don Osterberg from Schneider National.
- ATA Chief Executive Stuart St Clair presented at the CIMC World Forum in China, and was then asked back to present again at the 2012 TUC Logistics Summit in Shanghai later in the year
- provided trucking operators with informaiton about the impact of the carbon tax on their businesses