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Trucking Australia 2017 auction dinner coming up

The Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) annual Trucking Australia conference is kicking off with an auction dinner in Darwin tonight.

This year's much anticipated auction will include two prime movers – a brand new Volvo FH540 Euro V in a package with NTI insurance and a $2,000 BP fuel voucher, as well as the ATA's own Safety Truck, a Volvo FH540 Globetrotter XL.

Other auction items announced include a CIMC curtain-sider fitted with JOST kingpin and landing legs and Fuwa K-Hitch axles; a set of Bridgestone B-double tyres; and two Thermo King refrigeration units.

ATA CEO, Ben Maguire, said it was the first time that Trucking Australia delegates would be able to bid on not one, but two prime movers. “As part of its sponsorship of the ATA, Volvo Trucks provides us with the prime mover for the Volvo ATA Safety Truck,” he explained.

“The current prime mover is the third we have operated since 2008, and Volvo Trucks has kindly agreed that we can auction it to support our road safety and other advocacy work.

“Volvo Trucks will replace the prime mover later this year, so we can continue spreading our important safety message into the future.”

He added, “The Volvo ATA Safety Truck prime mover to be auctioned is three years old and has travelled 154,000km. In that time, it’s seen every state and territory of Australia and has taught more than 40,000 people vital road safety information.

“During its time with the ATA, the prime mover has been driven by two excellent, careful drivers – Glen Schmidtke, our Safety Truck Advocate, and Justin Fleming, our TruckSafe General Manager. I can report that the ATA kept me away from the wheel,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity to own an immaculately maintained and driven prime mover that is also part of the trucking industry’s history.

“I would encourage anyone who’s interested to check the truck out on the Trucking Australia 2017 auction website, and then come to the event and be a part of the action.”

The auction night dinner is included in the full delegate registration for Trucking Australia 2017, which will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from tomorrow.

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