The ATA has announced that, Kel Baxter, has been reappointed as chair of the Australian Trucking Association’s Industry Technical Council.

The owner of Kel Baxter Transport, Baxter was reappointed to the role for a further two-year period by ATA chair David Smith.

Baxter has led the delivery of many positive outcomes to industry, including work on roller brake testing, the revised Technical Advisory Procedure for side underrun protection, and the ATA ITC converter dolly project.

“The ATA highly values Kel’s leadership of the ITC. His experience places the ATA in a strong position to develop outstanding technical policy and advice for industry,” Mr Smith said.

“First appointed as Chair of the ITC in 2015, Kel is widely respected in the trucking industry for his extensive knowledge and passion for improving industry safety and productivity,” he said.

Mr Baxter was an early adventurer in the road train modernisation program for B-triples and AB-triples. In 2009 he donated his own equipment to run the first legal BAB Quad on NSW roads and at a similar ATA demo day at Dubbo in 2010. He has been instrumental in achieving better access for road trains in the Riverina.

In 2015 Mr Baxter was inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame, and in 2019 was recognised as a Kenworth Legend.

Mr Baxter said the ITC plays a critical role in ensuring industry is well-placed to maintain best practice policy and procedures.

“The trucking industry is constantly adapting to keep up with new technologies and our changing environment,” Mr Baxter said.

“The ITC plays a crucial role in enhancing industry safety and productivity, and I am proud to lead the council for another two years,” he said.

The Industry Technical Council (ITC) is the trucking industry’s brains trust that solves issues and saves lives. Established in 1994, the ITC is a working committee of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), with a role to enhance the industry’s safety, professionalism and viability by providing technical input and best practice advice to the ATA.