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ATA chair to step down

ATA chair

ATA chair David Smith has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of his term, opting not to run again. He announced the decision at the association’s Trucking Australia 2024 conference.

Smith will have completed two terms at the end of his tenure, being appointed in 2020. He will be succeeded by Mark Parry, managing director of Ron Finemore Transport and board member at Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds on May 1 this year.

“This will be my last opening address at this conference,” Smith said.  

“I have decided that I will not be running for my position again at the end of this term.”

The outgoing chair noted the challenges that the ATA faced in that time and the achievements they made, including navigating natural disasters and the pandemic.

These achievements also included securing the government’s rest area fund and the steering committee, supporting action to prevent road user charges on electric vehicles, and helping to negotiate protections in the government’s plan under the Closing the Loopholes Bill for the Fair Work Commission.

“We achieved some of our most important outcomes through discussion with the federal minister of infrastructure and transport Catherine King, her department and her staff,” Smith says.

“We are talking positively to the federal and state government about the mass increases to support Euro 6 increases. In addition, we can now operate at 2.25m wide trucks provided they meet safety package requirements.”

Speaking at the same address, King thanked Smith for his time in the role.

“What a four years it has been David – your two terms in the job have not been dull,” she says.

“You haven’t just dealt with the problems of the day, you have found solutions and driven reforms that will last for decades to come.

“Personally I want to thank you for the very constructive but also very respectful way that you’ve always dealt with me, my office and my department.

“Without you, we couldn’t have addressed truck widths and we couldn’t have provided a certain number of road user charging.”

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