Monday, April 25, 2016

Road Haulage Community Celebrates Abolishment of Government Tribunal

Truck Rallies and Convoys Precede Repeal of Road Safety Act
Shipping News Feature
AUSTRALIA – This week there were celebrations for members of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) when the Australian Parliament voting to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) late last Monday. Drivers from across Australia had travelled to Canberra to take part in two days of truck convoys and rallies calling for the abolition of the Tribunal and its devastating payments order.

Repeal of the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 was an action which the ATA claims will save thousands of small businesses. ATA CEO Chris Melham explained:

“The RSRT’s payments order applied a minimum freight rate to owner drivers. As a result, owner drivers were finding themselves unable to compete with the rates offered by other competitors in the marketplace. Owner drivers were losing their livelihoods and family businesses were folding under the pressure of this unfair, two-tier payment system.

“Owner operators across Australia stood up and said that this wasn’t right. In all states and territories, drivers invested their own time and money to attend rallies, be part of convoys, and approach their local members to fix this appalling situation.

“I’d like to thank the Government and all those independent senators who stood with owner drivers during this dark time. Thanks to their efforts, the RSRT is now a thing of the past, and its funding will be reassigned to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.”