A new voice for the trucking industry.
(Image courtesy of the ARTA)
A membership amalgamation has heralded a new era for the trucking industry.
Two national trucking organisations, NatRoad and the Australian Road Train Association (ARTA), have joined forces to set up what they claim is Australia’s foremost national heavy vehicle membership-driven representative body.
Under the agreement, their memberships will be combined under NatRoad Ltd, to be known as NatRoad, The National Road Transport Operators Association, Incorporating the Australian Road Train Association.
The new partnership is expected to create a more salient industry voice to advocate the interests of the industry to Australia’s policy-makers, and also to provide a widened range of services including assistance regarding fatigue management; occupational health and safety and risk management; industrial relations advice and representation; 24 hour / 7 day-a-week helpline; member workshops; and preferred supplier benefits.
“The partnership means coast-to-coast representation for heavy vehicle operators regardless of their type of operation, from coastal-based rigid vehicle owner-operators through to major fleet remote area road train operators,” NatRoad said.
NatRoad president Rob McIntosh said the amalgamation was an upshot of a long-standing relationship between the two grass root organisations.
“In reality, this move simply formalises what has long been a natural fit between the two organisations, whilst removing the duplication of policy development and membership services,” Mr McIntosh said.
NatRoad will shortly be writing to each financial member of the ARTA providing details of the change.