2022 HVIA National Award winners

HVIA’s prestigious National Awards were presented in front of a full house at a Gala Dinner held at the Emporium South Brisbane last Friday night.

Each of the winners’ profiles is featured below:

Product Innovation Award

Sponsored by NTI Australia

WINNER:  iMass®

by Knorr-Bremse

Janelle Greene representing HVIA Product Innovation Award sponsor NTI with winner Knorr-Bremse

iMass® is a TCA Category B Certified SMART On Board Mass (OBM) System developed by Knorr-Bremse locally in Australia.

The iMass® system meets the OBM requirements for High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFV). The system accuracy is well within 2% of a certified weigh bridge providing masses for each axle group as well as total combination mass in a heavy vehicle combination up to 7 trailers in length.

iMass® utilises the already existing mass output from Knorr-Bremse Trailer EBS (Electronic Brake System), eliminating the need for additional trailer hardware and simplifying the product offering. In the prime mover itself, a user-friendly Driver Interface Unit (DIU) allows live mass display and troubleshooting for the Prime mover and any connected trailers.

Incorporated in the DIU is a dual CAN capability allowing it to pick up the electronic mass signal from the existing trailer CAN connection and also a signal from the Knorr-Bremse ELC Truck ECU (and subsequent sensors) fitted to the prime mover.

To meet the Category B SMART OBM requirements, the DIU also allows a feed via an RS232 serial connection to Telematics Units to transfer mass data in line with TCA requirements.

Safety Innovation Award

Securing the Future of Workshop Safety

by Scania Australia

HVIA Safety Innovation Award winner Scania Australia Managing Director Manfred Streit
with a few of his team: George Garonidis, Jason Grech and Alexander Corne

Scania’s Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) Safety Management System (SMS) ensures employees have a safe work system when interacting with electric vehicles. Scania’s BEV safety structure details responsibilities against each staffing level within Scania Australia.

The Judges loved the forward thinking approach to an emerging issue, which included a comprehensive safety management system, staff training, Safety Operating Procedures, and the investment in specific tools rated against electric shock, signs and barricades to protect BEV work, specific PPE including gloves, face shields, glasses and uniforms to protect the worker.

Scania has invested in mobile gantries to permit safe access the batteries and electrical isolation points on the roof of Scania BEV buses, which protect the employee from falling from a height, and which have been designed and manufactured to protect against electric shock.

The Hon. Scott Buchholz MP presents Scania Australia MD Manfred Streit with the HVIA Safety Innovation Award

Community Leadership Award

Craig Lee with Penske Australia’s HVIA Community Leadership Award

WINNER: Penske Australia – Outback Futures

Outback Futures is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission it is to nurture and empower the outback by renewing hope, building resilience and strengthening community.

Their vision is to see rural and remote communities equipped with the confidence and tools to identify and address their own mental health and well-being challenges.

The prevalence of mental health and well-being issues is similar across Australian communities, but the impact runs far deeper in rural and remote communities. Social, economic and geographic barriers to help, prevent many from accessing support, leading to poor mental health and well-being outcomes.

Outback Futures routinely deploy teams of qualified practitioners into these rural and remote communities providing much-needed mental health and allied services to people living in remote western Queensland that would otherwise be inaccessible to these communities.

Penske Australia, through its rugged truck brand, Western Star, contributes much-needed funding to Outback Futures supporting these important activities.

National Apprentice of the Year Hunter Tapping, with award sponsor Wurth Australia MD Serge Oppedisano, Brown and Hurley supervisor Cameron Behn (l), and Dealer Principal Bruce Barnes (r)

National Apprentice of the Year Award 

sponsored by Wurth Australia

WINNER: Hunter Tapping

Brown and Hurley

From day one, Hunter has always shown a passion for the industry.

“As Hunter said, he loves helping people when they need it the most; with this attitude and commitment, I believe Hunter is the perfect nominee for the apprentice of the year.

“Hunter has told me from a very young age that he has always liked working with his hands. So when the opportunity came up to work with Brown and Hurley in the trucking industry, he knew this was his calling.

“Hunter has been dedicated to being the best apprentice he can be for the whole duration of his apprenticeship.”

RUNNER-UP: James Cohen-Campbell


MaxiTRANS nominated James to recognise his outstanding attitude, work ethic and high level of skill. James completed his Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking/Welding) last month.

James is helping manufacture AZMEB heavy-duty side tipper trailers, one of MaxiTRANS’ more complicated models in terms of build and skilled welding processes.

“James is easily able to keep up with workers who have been in the trade for 10 years, exceeding expectations in terms of his efficiency and quality of work,” his nomination states.

“James is already a highly valued member of our team, and once he has finished his apprenticeship, he is someone we will encourage to progress in a leadership pathway.

“We feel he possesses the right qualities to bring even more to our business and succeed in a leadership role and he will also be an invaluable asset in mentoring future apprentices.”

Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award

Thomas Baggaley

CMV Truck & Bus

Thomas joined CMV to begin his apprenticeship in 2018, since completing it, he has demonstrated a passion and enthusiasm for mentoring other young people, which is why Thomas is now Team Leader of a CMV dealership and is positively influencing senior technicians and young apprentices.

His calm and clear communication style ensures that all of his peers know, trust and respect Thomas and he is regularly sought out for support and guidance. Thomas is equally sought out by customers as he is always there to help and assist.

Winner of the 2022 Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award Thomas Baggaley with his wife Tullee

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