Smith appointed chair of Australian Trucking Association

Tumby Bay trucking operator David Smith has been appointed as the chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) at their annual general meeting on Wednesday.

David Smith. Image: supplied.

David Smith. Image: supplied.

Managing director of D&S Smith Haulage based in Tumby Bay, Mr Smith has been a board member of the ATA since 2016.

His appointment comes after former chair Geoff Crouch announced his retirement from the role.

Mr Smith said he was humbled, and that the "proof will be in the pudding" to see if he was up for the job.

"As new chair of the ATA, I look forward to working with our members and industry as we work collaboratively to improve trucking's safety, professionalism and viability," he said.

He said trucking was undergoing major reforms and could potentially become the most reformed industry in the country.

"There's so many reforms at the moment, there's the heavy vehicle law review going on, there's the heavy vehicle road reform...it's quite daunting to tackle all those subjects in one hit, you've really got to knuckle down," he said.

Mr Smith said past presidents had done fantastic jobs in tackling the issues of their time, and that the core principles of safety, professionalism and viability wouldn't change.

"I've always been a believer in putting something back into the industry," he said.

"It will be far easier to stand on the outside and throw stones - but if you are going to make any sort of difference at all you've got to be inside the tent...that's what's prompted me to this day to try and have better outcomes for this industry."

Mr Smith has spent more than 40 years in the industry as a driver and business owner, and is also president of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of SA, and was former president of its national body.

The ATA represents 50,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the trucking industry nationwide.