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Vale Michael Coper AO

Chair of the TruckSafe Industry Accreditation Council Professor Michael Coper AO has passed away.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) today announced the loss of Coper, a former Dean of The Australian National University College of Law.

Coper began his association with the transport industry in the mid-'80s when he joined the NSW Road Freight Transport Industry Council as the legal member.

In 1988 he was appointed as the lawyer member of the Inter-State Commission, producing several reports on the efficiency of interstate transport.

One of the Council’s recommendations led to the establishment of the National Road Transport Commission (now the National Transport Commission).

Coper was appointed as Chair of the TruckSafe Industry Accreditation Council in 1996.

There he played a key role in delivering positive outcomes for trucking businesses, helping to manage risk and boost safety.

In 2018 Coper was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to legal education and transport safety.

“This prestigious honour recognised Michael’s passion to improve the trucking industry in the interest of everyone who makes a living from it and who is served by it. In other words – all Australians,” TruckSafe Chair Ferdie Kroon said.

“We will remember Michael as a great advocate of safety within the transport industry,” he said.

“The ATA, TruckSafe and the industry are deeply saddened by the loss of Michael Coper,” said Geoff Crouch ATA Chair.

(Image: Professor Michael Coper AO).

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