HVIA has welcomed the announcement of Michael Deegan as the Australian Trucking Association’s new CEO.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said Mr Deegan’s track record sets him up as a highly effective advocate for the road freight industry.
“Michael Deegan has a strong record of driving productivity improvements for the industry including the implementation of the PBS scheme during his tenure as Chair of the National Transport Commission,” Mr Hacking said.
“We look forward to continuing our close and constructive relationship with the ATA with Michael at the helm.
“Together we have many common goals that will require an even more cohesive effort from industry.
“Our collaboration with the ATA saw the development and subsequent extension of the instant asset write-off that has succeeded in stimulating activity during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have worked closely to ensure that our industry has been able to continue to support road freight operators, keeping Australia moving during this challenging time.
“Going forward, there are a whole set of new challenges and opportunities, particularly with our industry’s rapid development of low and zero emissions vehicles.
“Right now, we are concerned about doing everything we can to improve the uptake of safety technologies, and that means addressing the ageing fleet.
“As peak industry organisations we seek to present government with practical, workable solutions from a united standpoint, and HVIA and the ATA are well placed to build on our strong legacy under Michael’s leadership.”
Mr Deegan has been involved in road freight transport policy for more than 20 years.
His previous senior roles include Chair of the National Transport Commission, National Infrastructure Coordinator at Infrastructure Australia and CEO of the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
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