ATA elections scheduled for early 2013

Owner-drivers and small fleet operators will elect individuals to represent them on the ATA’s general council

December 13, 2012

Owner-drivers and small fleet operators will go to the polls early next year to elect individuals to represent them on the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) general council.

Nominations and voter registration will open on January 14 and close on February 11. The winners will be announced on March 14 and will take office at the ATA’s annual general meeting.

Individuals seeking to become the ATA’s owner-driver representative need to own, be purchasing or leasing one truck over 4.5 tonnes and drive it.

The small fleet representative must own, be purchasing or leasing two to five trucks over 4.5 tonnes.

Frank Black currently holds the owner-driver role, while Doug McMillan is the small fleet representative.

Those nominating to hold either position must be a member of an ATA member organisation and registered to vote in the election.

ATA Chairman David Simon says the election represents a crucial opportunity for owner-drivers and small fleet operators to have their say on the future of the trucking industry.

"The ATA council sets our strategic policy direction. It deals with the issues that will determine the industry’s long term future, including safety, professionalism and operator viability," he says.

"For the first time in an ATA election, you’ll be able to register to vote online through the ATA website. As a result, participating in this election will be easier than ever before.

The individuals elected to the positions are entitled to attend and vote at the ATA’s council meetings held about four times a year. They can also join in the work on the ATA’s policy committee.

To register to vote, individuals must own, purchase or lease one to five trucks over 4.5 tonnes and be on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.

Those running for election can only nominate for one position and must pay a $70 nomination fee. The ATA says candidates can also submit a candidate statement of up to 500 words if they wish.

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