Truck­ing in­dus­try recog­nises tech­ni­cal ex­perts’ ex­cel­lence

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THE tech­ni­cal ex­perts be­hind the Aus­tralian truck­ing in­dus­try have been recog­nised for their hard work and pro­fes­sion­al­ism as part of the 2017 Trans­port Sup­pli­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Tech­ni­cal and Main­te­nance Con­fer­ence.

Frasers Live­stock Trans­port’s Mark Collins and the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor’s Les Bruzsa were an­nounced winners in the pres­ti­gious award pro­gram, re­ceiv­ing ac­co­lades from their peers.

The 2017 Craig Ros­eneder Award recog­nises tech­ni­cal and main­te­nance ex­cel­lence and cel­e­brates the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of men and women who work be­hind the scenes in the truck­ing in­dus­try’s work­shops.

This year’s award went to fleet man­ager Mr Collins, from Frasers in War­wick, Queens­land, for his ded­i­ca­tion to work­shop and driver train­ing, in­clud­ing Truck­Safe in­duc­tions.

NHVR chief en­gi­neer Mr Bruzsa was awarded the Cas­trol Vec­ton In­dus­try Achieve­ment Award for lead­ing con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment in heavy ve­hi­cle reg­u­la­tion and stan­dards.

His ac­com­plish­ments in­clude com­puter sim­u­la­tion and eval­u­a­tion of the dy­namic per­for­mance of heavy ve­hi­cle con­fig­u­ra­tions, in­ves­ti­ga­tions into sta­bil­ity, brak­ing, safety and de­sign of heavy ve­hi­cle com­bi­na­tions, ac­ci­dent anal­y­sis, re­con­struc­tion and in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mel­bourne truck driver Steve Bolton was named the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of the Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardian Award, an award that recog­nised his swift ac­tion and in­valu­able as­sis­tance to emer­gency ser­vices af­ter wit­ness­ing a car roll into a river on the Tweed Val­ley High­way.

Mr Bolton, a val­ued em­ployee of Toll Group and se­nior leader on the Coles south­east Queens­land con­tract, was praised for his co­op­er­a­tion with po­lice and other at­tend­ing ser­vices in re­cov­er­ing the driver of the ve­hi­cle.

Mr Bolton has been with Toll Group since 2008 and in that time has boasted an ex­em­plary driv­ing record. He is also one of Toll Group’s driver train­ers and plays an ac­tive role in the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of driv­ers.

Toll Group head of gov­ern­ment re­la­tions Royce Christie said safety was a fo­cus for the com­pany and Mr Bolton al­ways had it at the fore­front of his ac­tions.

“Steve is very much a se­nior leader on the Coles south­east­ern Queens­land con­tract. He leads by ex­am­ple and is al­ways in­volved if there are is­sues to solve,” Mr Christie said.

“He is one of our driver

❝ Steve Bolton’s swift ac­tions and co­op­er­a­tion with emer­gency ser­vices en­sured that the ac­ci­dent didn’t re­sult in the loss of a life.

— Andrew Mof­fatt

train­ers, part of our safety com­mit­tee and is also part of our se­nior lead­er­ship group.

“Steve is called upon to con­duct store as­sess­ments or any other in­ci­dent or near-miss we may have in the SEQ con­tract and is very much a key part of our suc­cess on that con­tract.”

Bridge­stone Aus­tralia and New Zealand manag­ing direc­tor Andrew Mof­fatt praised Mr Bolton’s ac­tions.

“Steve Bolton’s swift ac­tions and co­op­er­a­tion with emer­gency ser­vices en­sured that the ac­ci­dent didn’t re­sult in the loss of a life,” Mr Mof­fatt said.

“It is th­ese self­less ac­tions that are wor­thy of recog­ni­tion and we take great pride in award­ing Mr Bolton with the Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardian Award.

“We all want to see safer high­ways and it is peo­ple like Steve Bolton, through his lead­er­ship within the Toll Group, that will help make it a re­al­ity.”

ATA chair­man Ge­off Crouch said it was a plea­sure to recog­nise the peo­ple who had shown out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment to safety.

“Every year, th­ese awards con­firms the amaz­ing cal­i­bre of the peo­ple who work be­hind the scenes to keep our trucks safe and on the road,” Mr Crouch said.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the winners and fi­nal­ists.”

AC­CO­LADES: (From left) ATA chair­man Ge­off Crouch, Deon Ros­eneder, Ka­te­rina Hick­son, 2017 Craig Ros­eneder Award win­ner Mark Collins and Cas­trol na­tional sales man­ager Rod Bar­rett.

PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED

ATA chair­man Ge­off Crouch, Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardian Award win­ner Steve Bolton and Bridge­stone na­tional man­ager of com­mer­cial sales Ge­off May.

ATA chair­man Ge­off Crouch, NHVR chief en­gi­neer and 2017 Cas­trol Vec­ton In­dus­try Achieve­ment Award win­ner Les Bruzsa with Cas­trol na­tional sales man­ager Rod Bar­rett..

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