Noelene Watson set to retire from top post next month…
Announced today, Mrs Watson has headed the ATA board since 2014 and will stand aside at the ATA AGM next week.
In announcing that she was stepping down, the Managing Director of Don Watson Transport, said it has been an honour holding the ATA Chair position.
“Under my leadership, the ATA campaigned for strong practical road safety measures, including the reforms to the truck safety laws that will come into force next year,”
“We also stood up for owner drivers and small family trucking businesses.
“I’ll never forget the chilly April morning when I watched our truck convoy against the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal roll up to Parliament House.”
While Mrs Watson said one of her personal goals as ATA Chair had been to work for better health for truck drivers.
“The ATA pressed the NTC and Austroads to upgrade the truck driver medical standards.
“As a result of our work, the standards now warn treating doctors against relying on subjective measures of sleepiness to rule out a patient having sleep apnoea.”
Mrs Watson will remain a member of the ATA board and its council.