The Transport Workers’ Union today welcomed the start of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NVHR), but calls for caution between the regulator and safety.
TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said while the NHVR will help interstate drivers increase productivity by having a single authority for all laws, permits, and regulations, more than ever Australia needs the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
‘The inconsistencies of regulations and penalties between the states have always been an issues to interstate drivers,’ Mr Biagini said.
‘The new NHVR will make it easer to cross borders and remove confusion by giving them one set of laws to follow.’
‘This is particularly important for owner-drivers as the time they spend apply to different states and territories for permits just to do their job costs time and money.’
However, Mr Biagini said while the NHVR will help driver productivity, safety is not being addressed.
‘Improved safety on our roads is paramount and only through safe rates for truckies will we see this,’ Mr Biagini said.
‘There are far too many deaths involving trucks on our roads because of the economic pressure major companies put on drivers to keep their wheels turning.’
‘The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, which the Coalition has signaled they will cut, has been set up to investigate the chain-of-responsibility and put the responsibility onto the clients.’
“This is important because one-in-every-three trucks on our road work for big retailers like Coles, who are set unfair and unreasonable demands and deadlines that push drivers to their limits,’ Mr Biagini said.
‘When truckies are paid fairly, they are able to maintain their trucks and not skip breaks or speed to deliver goods, and still put food on the table.’
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910