ATA announces National Trucking Industry Award winners
THE AUSTRALIAN Trucking Association’s (ATA) National Trucking Industry Awards took place at this year’s Trucking Australia conference in Darwin, with Danial McFee, from Gilbert’s Transport Services in South Australia, taking out the award for National Professional Driver of the Year.
McFee, who has worked with Gilbert’s for 31 years, started out in local abattoir-related work around the Adelaide Hills and before driving double road trains to Perth. In 1996 he began driving triple road trrains from Adelaide to Darwin and Tennant Creek.
Tracie Dickenson of Daryl Dickenson Transport, based at Archerfield, Queensland, won the Trucking Industry Woman of the Year award. The daughter of a long-haul owner-driver, in 1990 she met Daryl Dickenson, an interstate driver, and started travelling with him full-time.
In 2001, operating from home, the couple formed Daryl Dickenson Transport with one truck and one full-time employee. Today, the company has grown to a fleet of 40 trucks and more than 60 employees with storage facilities in Yatala.
Other awards went to Roger Pickering for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry, Collins Adelaide for the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award, and De Bruyn’s Transport in Tasmania won the National Training Excellence Award.
Ray Ablett of Queanbeyan-based Abletts Transport won the Don Watson Memorial Award.
ATA CEO Ben Maguire extended his congratulations to the winners
“These awards recognise individuals and businesses that go above and beyond in their service to the trucking industry.”
National Professional Driver of the Year Award winner Danial McFee of Gilbert’s Transport Services
National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award winner Tracie Dickenson