HVIA Industry Awards celebrate transport industry excellence

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) Industry Awards took place today in Brisbane, celebrating winners across several prestigious award categories.

HVIA Industry Awards celebrate transport industry excellence
Left to RightL: John Drake, Scott Buchholz, Todd Hacking


Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, announced the HVIA’s Safety Innovation Award winner and praised the achievements of the wider transport industry.

Buchholz explained the HVIA awards acknowledge and celebrate the industry’s hard-working members, who continue to excel in providing innovative solutions to improve safety and productivity in the road transport sector.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on Australia’s freight and logistics sector," Buchholz said.

"Our national economy relies on keeping freight moving.

"A lot of work goes into making sure that happens and during the pandemic, the industry rose to the challenge.

"Again today, I congratulate the entire heavy vehicle industry; transport operators, manufacturers, repairers and drivers on a job well done. Through your joint efforts you have ensured that our trucks and trailers have stayed on the road and freight kept moving," he said. 

HVIA CEO Todd Hacking, echoed the comments, focusing on the high standard of excellence maintained throughout a difficult year.

"Whilst 2020 has been a tough year for all, it is more important than ever to celebrate and acknowledge all of our nominees," Hacking said.

"All of them have demonstrated a commitment to safety, innovation, and technological advancement, to improve productivity and keep freight moving safely," he said.

JOST Australia took out the Safety Innovation Award for developing a Pneumatically Operated Sensor Fifth Wheel, which reduces the likelihood of a dropped trailer.

"Innovating in new technologies, to make our heavy transport industry safer is a big credit to JOST Australia," Buchholz announced. 

"I congratulate the entire team on their efforts in developing this technology, which will reduce the risk of injury and increase accessibility for drivers. 

"The Australian Government has a strong focus on improving safety in the industry, through programs such as the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, which provides $5.9 million in Round 5 for twenty-six projects," he said. 

Award recipients across all categories are as follows: 

  • National Apprentice of the Year Award – Joel Dunstan, The Brown & Hurley Group
  • Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award – John Jackson, Brimarco
  • Community Leadership Award – Maxitrans Industries
  • Product Innovation Award – Tiger Spider
  • Safety Innovation Award – Jost Australia
  • Industry Recognition Award – Mr Rob Perkins

Full details of each award can be found at https://hvia.asn.au/events/hvia-national-awards/

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