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Trucking operators wanting to have their say on critical issues affecting the industry have until 5pm today to get involved in the 2017 ATA election.
Chair of the ATA, Noelene Watson, urged the industry to confirm voter registrations and candidate nominations for the upcoming ATA election.
“In the election trucking operators will elect one owner driver representative and one small fleet operator with two to five trucks to the ATA General Council,” she said.
“The Council sets our strategic policy direction, and the representatives have a direct say in Council and on our policy committees.”
To nominate as a candidate for the owner driver position, you must own, be purchasing or leasing one truck over 4.5 tonnes and drive it, be registered as a voter in ATA elections, and be a member of an ATA member organisation.
To nominate as a candidate for the small fleet position, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 2 to 5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes, be registered as a voter in ATA elections, and be a member of an ATA member organisation.
To register to vote in the election, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes. You will also need to provide a valid ABN and an email address that is unique to you.
“You can’t have your say if you don’t register to vote, so I urge owner drivers and small fleet operators to register online at the ATA website. It’s easy, fast and there’s no paperwork anymore,” Mrs Watson said.
The ATA has appointed distinguished former public servant Phil Potterton as the Independent Returning Officer to conduct the election.
If more than one nomination is received in a category an election will be conducted in March 2017. The election will be conducted entirely online, using a secure voting system, following a review of the 2015 election and advice from an independent election expert.