The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator  has  announced it has announced it has welcomed the appointment of well-known trucking safety advocate Rod Hannifey as president of the National Road Freighters Association (NRFA).

 NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Mr Hannifey’s appointment would ensure smaller operators continue to have a strong voice when it comes to heavy vehicle safety reform.

“Rod has shown he’s willing to tackle just about any issue that leads to a safer outcome for heavy vehicle drivers and it’s often a practical solution that’s born out of decades of experience,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“Rod is a well-respected voice across the industry and I look forward to continuing to work with him and the new Board.”

Mr Petroccitto also thanked outgoing president Gordon Mackinlay.

“Gordon has been a strong voice for drivers and owner-operators and I wish him well,” he said.

“Under Gordon, the association has grown and gained significant influence with decision-makers at all levels of government.

“I’ve personally welcomed his strong leadership over the past year as the industry tackled unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic and operational restrictions.”