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Industry celebrates at Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner

Delegates of this year's Technical and Maintenance Conference have celebrated the achievements of Australian industry professionals at the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner last night in Melbourne.

The 2017 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award and the 2017 Craig Roseneder Award were presented on the night, as well as the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Chief Engineer, Les Bruzsa (pictured above), was presented with the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award for leading continuous improvement in heavy vehicle regulation and standards.

His accomplishments include computer simulation and evaluation of the dynamic performance of heavy vehicle configurations, investigations into stability, braking, safety and design of heavy vehicle combinations, accident analysis, reconstruction and investigation.

Accepting the award, Brusza thanked the ATA and Castrol, saying the award was humbling.

"It means a lot to have recognition from the industry, particularly working as a regulator," Brusza said.

"From the NHVR's perspective, we realise you are doing it tough out there, and want to provide an environment for you to be able to operate safely. I will cherish this award."

Mark Collins (pictured below) from Frasers Livestock Transport was the recipient of the 2017 Craig Roseneder award for his dedication to workshop and driver training, including TruckSafe inductions.

"I came out of the car industry and started in trucks, and it was the best thing I ever did," Collins said when accepting the award.

"Thirty years later people ask why I am still working with trucks, and I always tell them it's the challenges, and the people."

As part of the prize, Collins will be flown to the American Trucking Association’s Technical and Maintenance Council meeting in 2018 including full registration, flights, accommodation, partner’s program and spending money.

ATA Chair, Geoff Crouch, said it was a pleasure to recognise the people in the industry who have shown outstanding leadership and commitment to safety.

“Every year, these awards confirm the amazing calibre of the people who work behind the scenes to keep our trucks safe and on the road,” Crouch said.

“Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and thank you for the contribution you make to our industry every day."

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