ATA hits the road to meet and greet


ATA kicks off campaign to meet and greet truck drivers in the Northern Territory and Western Australia

The peak trucking lobby has kicked off its campaign to meet and discuss issues affecting truck drivers in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Australian Trucking Association Chairman Trevor Martyn has joined Chief Executive Stuart St Clair, with the two men winding their way from Darwin to Perth over the next two weeks.

Martyn says the drive, which began yesterday in Darwin, will help the ATA gain an understanding of the concerns facing local trucking operators and government.

"We will be talking to local transport operators about what issues affect their business, what unique challenges are faced by the local trucking industry and how the ATA’s travelling exhibition, The Road Ahead, will help demonstrate the importance of the trucking industry to the wider community," Martyn says.

The forums are intended to allow trucking operators ask questions about the industry, with Martyn saying the ATA will also use the opportunity to push for more rest areas and better road access.

St Clair and Martyn will spend today in Katherine and then arrive at Kununurra on Wednesday.

The duo will arrive at Halls Creek in July 16 and then spending three days in Broome before heading to Port Hedland and then Karratha on July 20.

The next stop on the tour will be Carnarvon on July 21, followed by Geraldton on July 22.

The tour will finish at Perth on July 24.

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