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Nominations open for the 2024 NatRoad awards

NatRoad is calling for nominations for its annual NatRoad Awards, which aim to recognise individuals in the industry who are making a significant impact.

The Awards will be presented at the NatRoad Connect 24 Cummins and PACCAR & Dealer Industry Fund Gala Dinner in September.

The Awards are focussed on operators, support people, as well as up-and-coming young people in the industry.

“This year, we are also renaming our award to recognise outstanding young people in honour of Sam Sali, from S Sali and Sons, who passed away in January,” said Warren Clark, NatRoad CEO.

“Sam spent many years driving trucks before moving to the management side of the business and becoming heavily involved in industry advocacy. Sam was a driving force behind such initiatives as the restructuring of the Long Distance Drivers Award and the introduction of enterprise bargaining to the industry. He was an inspiration to many.”

The three award categories are:

Professional Driver of the Year Award: This award recognises a driver’s achievements and professionalism. It highlights exemplary safety performance, commitment to excellence, customer service, and efforts to promote the industry.

Excellence in Operational Support of the Year Award: This award honours an individual who has shown a strong commitment to the road transport industry and exceptional customer service. Their positive attitude, job enthusiasm, and leadership potential should reflect well on themselves, their employer, and the industry.

Sam Sali National Young Driver Award: This newly named award, in honour of one of NatRoad’s founding fathers, Sam Sali, celebrates an inspirational young professional (30 years and under) in the road transport industry.

Last year the Professional Driver of the Year Award went to Dennis Harding, a long-standing employee of JSC Concreting, who was nominated for his devotion to safety, integrity and performance on the job.

The nomination form can be found here.

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