WESTERN Australian road transport operator and commercial road users have united to create the Western Roads Federation.
The new association, which is made up of the now replaced Western Australian Roads Transport Association, aims to focus on the needs of industries dependent on road transport.
As one of the largest combined sectors of the WA economy, the members of the fledgling groups found their concerns and issues were not being effectively and professionally represented.
"Regardless of whether it's a courier van, crane, garbage truck or a road train, the issues are fundamentally the same - improved productivity and safety through greater access, investment and recognition of the critical importance of roads to the economy,” Western Roads Federation chief executive officer Cam Dumesny said.
The federation's new membership, made up of small and mid-sized trucking companies, hopes to provide a value proposition to the larger-scale integrated logistics providers.
"We seek to engage with government, with the MRD, with local government, as well as federal regulators that impact on the WA transport task, to ensure that the industry's interests and needs are considered when transport planning is being undertaken, when rules and regulations are being considered, and when we believe our voice needs to be heard,” chairman Craig Smith-Gander said.
Mr Smith-Gander said he was first keen to get involved when he saw the lack of lobbying on behalf of road users as the Roe 8 debate in Perth was played out in the media.
"We need strong representation and I am looking forward to the WRF providing that leadership,” he said.