The Australian Road Train Association was originally formed in
1989, at a small meeting in Dubbo, of around 20 NSW based road train
The basis of the meeting was to form an association to lobby the
NSW authorities to gain road train access to western NSW. Before
1989 general freight carrying road trains were not allowed to operate
in NSW. Only stock carrying road trains were allowed west of the
After working closely with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority
and the NSW Police Service, gradual access was granted, firstly
to Byrock then Trangie and then onto Narromine.
The ARTA purchased a block of ground in the industrial area of
Narromine and developed it as a staging area for road trains.
In 1993 road trains were conducted and assessed and eventually
access was granted into Dubbo.
In 1993 the ATRA started a campaign to gain access into the rice
and wheat growing areas of southern NSW and the wheat and cotton
growing areas of northern NSW.
We now have a very large area, on and west of the Newell Highway
where we operate road trains.
In about 1996 the ARTA finally gained approval from the NSW Minister
of Transport and Roads, Carl Scully, to tow converter Dollies behind
lead trailers on all B-Double routes in NSW with the exception of
the Sydney metro area.
This was the culmination of three years of intense lobbying of
the enforcement agencies and many exhaustive field trials with full
co-operation and assistance of the NSW RTA.
At a meeting called by the ARTA, the then Director of Road Infrastructure,
Paul Forward, instigated the federally funded study of the future
of road trains on the Newell Highway. The outcome called the "Vaile
With the ever-appreciated assistance of the RTA's Freight Liaison
Officer, Stuart Pedan, and The ARTA have an ongoing strategy to
open all roads west of the Newell Highway to all Multi combination
The ARTA, being a national transport industry association has held
meetings and forums in most states of Australia including such places
as Adelaide, Perth, Tocumwal, Deniliquin, Toowoomba, Roma and Townsville.
The strong and Sometimes controversial voice of the ARTA has been
heard in many places from local government right through to the
state and federal Transport Ministers offices.
We hold two positions on the Australian Trucking Association Council;
the ATA Councilor is Darby Sullivan and John Morris holds an Executive
Director's position. They also sit on many other forums and committees
The Australian Road Train Association has come a long way since
its humble beginnings in a small transport office in Dubbo in 1989
and, as they say, we really have just begun.