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Victorian Government honours ARTSA Chair

Peter Hart, Chairman of Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA), has been honoured at the Mercury Awards.

Closing the three day MEGATRANS2018 expo last Saturday, the awards ceremony, hosted by Livinia Nixon, acknowledged the outstanding achievements of a select group of industry players across the logistics and supply chain.

Hart was the recepient of one of the major gongs on the night, the Victorian Government Contribution to Industry award. He said the recogntion was unexpected and greatly appreciated. 

Much of the praise, according to Hart, should have gone to ARTSA as it provided him with ongoing opportunities to contribute to the industry.

For me the award is encouragement to keep trying to do useful things, he said. The road freight sector of the economy is dynamic, efficient and in many respects world-leading. There are also many challenges and it is important that industry groups and companies contribute to help improve the performance and the reputation of our industry. I am particularly happy when ARTSA works co-operatively with other associations and with government.

Looking back on my career, I am glad that my career choices took me into the road transport engineering. I was lucky to work at Kenworth because it gave me a broad experience, he said. I was lucky starting my own forensic business because it forced me to understand mechanical systems and failure modes. I was lucky to get into ARTSA because I met solid people doing useful things.

Hart said he had enjoyed being ARTSA chairman for the past decade and recalled some of the training courses and conferences he had worked on alongside ARTSA Executive Director Rob Perkins and the other executives.

“I am particularly proud of ARTSA’s data project which involves our detailed analysis of the national vehicle VIN database, NEVDIS. This project is helping inform our industry and our regulators.

“I am also proud of the ARTSA technical articles that are published in Prime Mover magazine. There are about 90 of them. Look them up at”


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