Australian trucking greats recognised at 2017 NatRoad Awards

NatRoad members who have made significant achievements in the trucking industry were honoured tonight at the 2017 NatRoad Gala Dinner and Awards on Hamilton Island.

“Each year, we take pleasure in recognising outstanding members of the trucking community, and this year is no different. We’ve heard the stories of these incredibly worthy members and are proud to honour them as part of our annual Gala Dinner” said NatRoad CEO Warren Clark.


Taking out the Youth Driver of the Year award was Zachery Appleton from Murrell Freight Services. Zachery earned his stripes working his way through from forklift driver to rigid driver, semi-trailer driver to now a B-Double driver. At only 23 years of age, Zachery has impressed his peers by achieving this in a period of only 18 months.

“With an ageing workforce, recognising up-and-coming youth in the trucking industry has never been more important. I personally congratulate Zachery, who I’m sure is looking forward to a bright future in the industry”


Bruce Adam from J R McDonald Transport was awarded as the winner of the 2017 Professional Driver of the Year.

“Having covered 4,700,000 km in his career, with the loss of only 3 demerit points, Bruce has proved to be an impeccable driver who proves his worthiness for this award with every day on the job” said Clark.


The Ted Pickering Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Road Freight Industry was presented to John Morris.

A well-known name in the industry, John has had a long and esteemed career which included giving his time back to the community by sitting on a number of road transport committees and groups. He has also worked closely with Prime Minister’s, Transport Ministers, Heads of Department and various Chief Executive Officer’s.

“It is a privilege to recognise these noteworthy award-winners” said Clark.