Transport and logistics insurer NTI and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) have celebrated their 30 years of partnership with a gala dinner, where an NTI-backed initiative was also launched.
ATA, formerly known as the Road Transport Industry Forum, celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. The organisation was established in 1989 to improve the trucking industry’s safety, professionalism, and viability.
“Since the ATA began, we’ve been a partner,” said Mike Edmonds, NTI’s general manager of commercial. “The original pitch was to help improve the safety and professionalism of the Australian trucking industry, and we simply had to be part of it. Our organisations are both committed to the industry and this partnership remains integral to the transport community. This year we had the honour of being accepted as an associate member of the ATA further cementing our partnership for years to come.”
During the event, the NTI-sponsored SafeT360 was also rolled out. SafeT360 is a new Volvo ATA safety truck that will deliver heavy vehicle safety education to young drivers around the country to equip them with the skills they need to stay safe on the road.
Michael McCormack, deputy prime minister, was in attendance for the launch on behalf of federal government, who committed $400,000 to the make the SafeT360 project a reality.
“Having been a founding partner with the ATA, they are part of our DNA,” said Tony Clark, NTI CEO. “We’ve continued our support of the ATA without question for 30 years, all of its member associations and many other transport causes, injecting over $1 million back into the industry each year. The important relationship between the ATA, its foundation sponsors, and the federal government means we can continue to nurture safety and growth in the trucking industry.”