The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed two new members to its Industry Technical Council (ITC): Chris Loose, Technical Officer at the Truck Industry Council (pictured left), and Danijel Lloyd, Operations Manager at Step Global (pictured right).
Established in 1994, the ITC is a working committee of the ATA, which aims to enhance the industry’s safety, professionalism and viability by providing technical input and best practice advice to the ATA.
Mr Loose has been involved with the industry since the mid 1980s. His current role at Truck Industry Council is centred around the development of regulations. He said becoming an ITC member was natural progression for him, following the Truck Industry Council’s ATA Council membership, and particularly because the ITC is technical in nature. “As an ITC member, I hope to contribute to a more professional industry with improved safety outcomes and national consistency.”
Mr Lloyd has worked at Step Global for almost 11 years. It supplies equipment to companies and system integrators. “Throughout my career I have worked closely with trucking companies on a number of projects and roll-outs,” he said, adding that working on the development of an NHVR compliant Electronic Work Diary for drivers was a major highlight. As a member of the ITC, he added, “My aim is to get a deeper understanding of the needs of the industry and how we can help provide solutions to increase safety and productivity.”
As members of the ITC, Mr Loose and Mr Lloyd will work to raise technical and maintenance standards, as well as improving the operational safety of the heavy vehicle sector. “The ITC performs a unique service in the Australian trucking industry by bringing operators, suppliers, engineers, and other specialists together in a long-term discussion forum. We are very excited to welcome Chris and Danijel to the council and look forward to their contribution to activities,” said ATA Chief Engineer Bob Woodward.
Along with the announcement of its newest members, the ATA has also launched the ITC Technical Bulletins, which is a new technical resource series.
“Technical Bulletins are designed to provide best-practice advice in response to industry issues,” said Mr Woodward. “The first Technical Bulletin we have released outlines the appropriate practices of reliable mass management compliance using air suspensions.”