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Geoff Crouch
NatRoad

NatRoad, the National Road Transport Operators Association, was formed in 1994 when the Long Distance Road Transport Association and the National Transport Federation decided to combine their respective strengths to form a new, nation-wide industry association. Current president is Geoff Crouch of Ron Crouch Transport.

  • New truck safety laws are coming. Are you ready?

    By: Geoff Crouch

    July 2018

    Truck safety laws are changing and compliance is more important than ever.
    On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended to introduce a strong primary safety duty, extensions to the chain of responsibility to cover vehicle maintenance and repairs and explicit due diligence obligations on executives. The changes will require trucking businesses and customers to increase their focus on developing and maintaining appropriate safety systems.

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  • A Walk in the Shoes of a Truck Driver

    By: Geoff Crouch

    July 2018

    “And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wond’rous glory of the everlasting stars”.

    These magical words by Banjo Paterson struck a chord with me early on in life and have inspired many a day and night on the road for me ever since. Sadly, much of my time now is spent in the ‘dingy little of office,’ so I thought it was time to walk in the shoes of drivers and spend some time to better understand rest stop quality and shortage, which is becoming a major issue for trucking.

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  • A shining moment for the trucking industry’s finest

    By: Geoff Crouch

    June 2018

    Without trucks, Australia stops. This was the resounding message at the Australian Trucking Association’s annual Trucking Australia conference, held in Canberra in April. This conference was our most engaging and innovative yet, as we welcomed more than 500 delegates to take part in informative sessions, invaluable workshops, the ATA safety summit and networking events.

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  • The next generation leading the transport industry

    By: Geoff Crouch

    May 2018

    The transport industry needs a new generation of leaders to deal with the issues of today and address the challenge of technological disruption.

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  • Towards zero accidents and serious injuries

    By: Geoff Crouch

    April 2018

    Every driver on Australia’s roads has a family and someone they love waiting for them to walk through the front door at the end of the day.

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  • Truck safety is every road user’s problem

    By: Geoff Crouch

    March 2018

    In the 12 months ended September 2017, the number of deaths in New South Wales from crashes involving articulated trucks such as semi-trailers increased from 29 to 54. That’s an increase of 86 per cent.

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  • Meet the trucking industry’s future leaders

    By: Geoff Crouch

    February 2018

    New technologies are disrupting every industry around the globe and the Australian transport industry will never be immune to the effect.

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  • Standing up for the industry on truck driver meal allowances

    By: Geoff Crouch

    December 2017

    Back in July, the tax office announced a rash decision to slash employee truck driver meal allowances. In 2016–17, employee truck drivers were able to claim up to $97.40 per day for meal expenses, on a meal-by-meal basis, without detailed receipts.

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  • Standing up for the industry is what we do

    By: Geoff Crouch

    November 2017

    In early September, the weekend Fairfax papers carried a story on truck safety and recent accidents. Any casual reader of the story would have been left with a very bad – and very wrong – picture of the trucking industry.
    Every fatality on our roads is one too many, and has significant human, social and financial costs.

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  • ATA looks to the future with new strategy

    By: Geoff Crouch

    October 2017

    With the rapid growth of technology, there’s understandably a lot of talk about the future. There are countless articles, government consultations and private sector projects looking at issues such as driverless vehicles, truck platooning, increasing automation and connectivity. But the future is shaped by actual decisions being implemented, not just being talked about.

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