Trucking industry recognises technical experts’ excellence
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.
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..