IF YOU haven't been to a Trucking Australia conference run by the Australian Trucking Association, I highly recommend booking your travel now for next year's event in Perth.
The 2018 program that just wrapped in Canberra was a credit to chairman Geoff Crouch, CEO Ben Maguire and the tireless efforts of all the ATA team behind the scenes.
It's no mean feat to pull together 400-plus seasoned delegates in one place and not only keep them entertained but throw a few new features their way too, such as the Daimler Future Leaders and the first-ever fatigue hackathon.
We touched on both in our event review on the preceding pages (check out cartoonist Ryan Lee-Taylor's light-hearted take on the winning hackathon entry on the right), but watch this space for more on these talented innovators, who are just what this industry needs to bring the industry into the modern age.
It was great to see new Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack there, wearing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport cap handed on by Barnaby Joyce.
He opened by sharing anecdotes about driving his dad's grain trucks on their Wagga Wagga farm, but whether that empathy translates to reforms for us remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, we're off to Megatrans in Melbourne. Check out our extensive expo preview on pages 31-54 - and do drop by our stand to say hello.