I am very pleased to advise that the Road Transport Forum (RTF) has appointed Dom Kalasih to fill the role vacated by Mark Ngatuere late in 2020. Dom will focus on general and specific policy advice to the RTF membership, along with servicing sector groups and taking an active interest in technical developments in the road transport industry.

Dom has a mechanical engineering background and his involvement in road transport started in 1996 at Land Transport Safety Authority (LTSA) where he worked in vehicle dimension and mass and specialised in over dimension transport. In 2005 he moved to the Ministry of Transport as Heavy Vehicle Safety Advisor and continued policy development in high productivity vehicles which resulted in the fuel sector beginning to bridge jet fuel on 52 tonne vehicle combinations between Lyttelton and Christchurch Airport – and so began HPMV. He moved to Shell in 2008, now Z Energy, and has had roles as Transport Manager, Logistics Manager, and worked in areas of business development and health and safety.

Dom has a passion for heavy transport and believes the growing challenges, particularly the emerging pressure on climate change and continuing desire for improved safety, make it a great time to join the RTF and be part of solving some of the toughest challenges the sector has faced. Having completed heavy transport roles in government agencies and the private sector, Dom thinks joining the RTF is the perfect way for him to complete his contribution in the circle of influence.

Dom is a born and bred Wellingtonian and his personal interests include motor racing, sailing, college hockey and working around home. He is married and has a daughter at Tawa College. He will be known to many through his voluntary work, which includes President of Institute of Road Transport Engineers NZ, Treasurer for the International Forum for Road Transport and Technology, and Head of Circuit Safety for Motorsport New Zealand.

RTF is looking forward to welcoming Dom Kalasih from Tuesday, 6 April 2021 and hopes that industry operators will have the opportunity to engage with him in the near future.