Safety advocate accepts presidency

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed the appointment of Rod Hannifey, who is now President of the National Road Freighters Association (NRFA).

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said Hannifey’s appointment would ensure smaller operators continue to have a strong voice when it comes to heavy vehicle safety reform.

“Rod has shown he’s willing to tackle just about any issue that leads to a safer outcome for heavy vehicle drivers and it’s often a practical solution that’s born out of decades of experience,” said Petroccitto.

“Rod is a well-respected voice across the industry and I look forward to continuing to work with him and the new Board.”

Petroccitto also thanked outgoing President Gordon Mackinlay.

“Gordon has been a strong voice for drivers and owner-operators and I wish him well,” he said.

“Under Gordon, the association has grown and gained significant influence with decision-makers at all levels of government.

“I’ve personally welcomed his strong leadership over the past year as the industry tackled unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic and operational restrictions.”