Michael Apps, who made significant contributions to Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, has passed away.
He was the Executive Director of Bus Industry Confederation (BIC).
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said Apps was a leader and advocate for a safer and more productive bus industry.
“Right from the early days of the NHVR, Michael was knocking on our door with a strong agenda for reforms across the bus industry and public transport,” said Petroccitto.
“Despite battling illness recently he continued to push for solutions for the bus industry right through the Covid disruption period.
“Michael was at helm of BIC for almost two decades and before that the ATA [Australian Trucking Association], and in that time he was a friend and sounding board for many of us.”
Apps was a former ATA Deputy CEO.
He joined the ATA as Government Relations Manager in 1994 and reportedly pushed successful reform of industry taxes and charges as well as changes to day-to-day trucking industry regulations.
Apps left the ATA in 2002 to join BIC.
“His laugh and wit will be missed when we next sit down with the industry,” said Petroccitto.
The NHVR sends its condolences to Michael’s wife Madonna and BIC members.
“Michael was a highly successful, top quality and lovely bloke who will be sadly missed by his many bus and trucking industry friends and his massive contributions and friendships won’t be forgotten,” the ATA said in a statement.