Hannifey pushes for support to keep crusade going

Down but not out, trucking advocate Rod Hannifey is calling for someone to 'step up' to support him

By Brad Gardner | May 25, 2010

Trucking identity Rod Hannifey is hopeful of keeping his advocacy campaign alive despite losing his Truckright Industry Vehicle (TIV).

Hannifey handed back the TIV prime mover to its owner, Ken Wilkie, this week after failing to raise funds to buy it. Wilkie had agreed to loan the truck for a set time.

But while he has gone back to working solely for Rod Pilon Transport, Hannifey says he has a "tentative agreement" with a manufacturer for a new truck.

"If it gets up it will be a five year agreement," Hannifey says.

He declined to name the company he is involved in negotiations with, but says he hopes to finalise a deal within a month.

"I’m hoping I will get somebody to step up to the mark," Hannifey says.

Well-known for his work promoting the industry and the introduction of blue roadside reflectors, Hannifey takes business and political leaders on truck trips to give them an understanding of the industry.

The reflectors were installed on the roadside to notify truck drivers that unmarked rest areas or places to pull over were ahead.

With greater support, Hannifey says he will be able to attend more events to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of the trucking industry.

He tried to auction two trips in the TIV for $100,000 to cover his costs for the next five years, such as attending events and lobbying for better roads and rest areas.

"No-one bid on the auction at all. It was a longshot," Hannifey says.

He is currently the owner-driver representative on the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) council, and says the loss of the TIV will not affect his position.

"That’s the understanding I’ve been given," he says.

Hannifey’s term is due to expire in six months and he says he has not decided if he will stand again.

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