Voters prepare for ATA poll


Polls will open early next year to elect owner-driver and small fleet representatives to sit on the ATA’s general council

December 3, 2010

The polls will open early next year to elect owner-driver and small fleet representatives to sit on the general council of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

Nominations for the two positions will open on January 10, 2011 and close on February 7.

Industry identity Rod Hannifey is the current owner-driver representative after he defeated Frank Black in the previous ballot.

ATA Chairman David Simon says the positions are an important opportunity for owner drivers and small fleet operators to have their say about the future of the trucking industry.

"The ATA council sets the ATA’s strategic policy direction. It deals with the critical issues that will determine the industry’s long term future, including safety, the road transport laws and operator viability," Simon says.

Those voting in the owner-driver category must own or lease one truck over 4.5 tonnes and drive it. Those voting in the small fleet category must own or lease two to five trucks over 4.5 tonnes.

Voters must also be on the Commonwealth electoral roll.

"I urge all owner drivers and small fleet operators to register to vote. I also urge owner drivers and small fleet operators who want to help build the industry’s future to nominate for one of the two positions," Simon says.

While voters do not need to be members of industry groups affiliated with the ATA, those nominating for the position must be.

Eligible candidates can only nominate for one position and must pay a $70 nomination fee. Candidates can submit statements of up to 500 words, which will be circulated to voters.

The ballot will be run by the ACT Electoral Commission.

Registration and nomination forms can be downloaded here.


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