SARTA recognises industry leaders

Bruce McCleary wins Driver of the Year award for a career built on ethic and responsible driving

Bruce McCleary has won South Australia’s Driver of the Year award for a career built on a strong work ethic and responsible driving.

McCleary was among a number of award winners announced by the South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) during its gala dinner last week.

The Fletcher’s Freighters driver was recognised for a career that has spanned almost four decades and more than 9 million kilometres.

In announcing the award, the SARTA congratulated McCleary on his 37 years as a truck driver.

"As an experienced and professional driver, Bruce leads by example, maintaining compliance of driving standards and work operations," a statement from SARTA says.

"He is a quiet, unassuming man, well aware of driving responsibilities and is committed to safety."

McCleary will now vie for the national Driver of the Year Award, which will be announced at the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) national convention in April.

Maria Harper from Macklin Transport nominated alongside McCeary for the award, which SARTA says sets a good example for other women in the industry.

Joshua Sangster from South Central Trucks won the Kym Brennand Memorial Young Mechanic of the Year Award.

Sangster, who is a third-year apprentice, also won a $1,000 voucher from MTU Detroit.

During the dinner, SARTA board member and former president Rob McConnell was recognised for his long-term commitment to the trucking industry with life membership.

"Life membership is rarely awarded by SARTA as it is highly valued and respected, as is Rob McConnell," the statement from SARTA says.

The gala dinner was held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre last Saturday and attended by 500 industry people.

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