Road transport identity Ray Scott has been posthumously honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia.
Recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Scott, who passed away in July last year following a protracted illness, was widely admired for his professionalism, passion, and extensive knowledge of the transport industry sectors.
Scott’s honour comes as recognition for his significant service to the road transport industry, and also to the community.
Scott played a significant role in the trucking industry, from humble beginnings in his father’s (Allan Scott) family business, through to becoming a major shareholder in the Scott Group of Companies, including the K&S Corporation.
After Allan died Ray established his own trucking operation, Raymond Scott Transport.
At the time of his death VTA CEO Peter Anderson paid tribute to Scott.
“Ray was an icon of the transport industry who defined a place within our sector that will be hard to replicate,” said Anderson.
“He was known by all to be honest, hard-working and generous in so many ways to everyone he would meet. As a truck driver he was one of the best that our industry has ever produced.”
In 2013, Ray Scott was inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, recognising his history in the road transport industry and long service on road train work into the Northern Territory.
As well as being a highly accomplished operator, Scott was also well-known for his kindness and willingness to help those in need, as evidenced by his philanthropy and community spirit.
“It was a distinct privilege to support the nomination for Ray as a recipient for a Member of the Order of Australia in consideration of his outstanding service to transport over many, many decades,” Anderson said today in statement issued to industry.
(Image: Ray Scott).