Industry body, the Australian Trucking Association is calling on nominations for the 2016 Craig Rosender Award.

The prestigious award recognises technical and maintenance excellence by workshop managers and mechanics in commercial workshops, trucking companies or suppliers.

According to ATA CEO Christopher Melham, the award recognises passionate individuals in the industry with more than five years of experience.

“Fleet maintenance is about more than keeping the engine running. For our Craig Roseneder Award nominees, it’s a passion and a challenge to make sure their fleet is as safe and efficient as possible,” Melham said.

“Not only do these people keep their vehicles in top shape, they’re often known to improve on them with safety innovations they’ve conceived and developed in their own time.

“Though highly regarded, these people are often quiet achievers in the workplace. I encourage members of the industry to help us recognise these exceptional people by nominating them for the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award.”

The winner of the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award will receive a trip to Nashville, USA to attend the American Trucking Associations’ 2017 Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, courtesy of sponsor Castrol Vecton.

The prize includes airfares, full registration to the event, premium conference accommodation, partners program (if applicable), AUD $1,500 in spending money, and registration to the 2017 ATA/ARTSA PACCAR and Dealer TMC.

Nominations can be made before Monday 12 September at http://truckingawards.com.au/award-categories/craig-roseneder-award/. The prize will be presented at the Castrol Vecton dinner in October.