As of July 1, 2017, drivers have 43% less in their overnight allowance, before they NEED to be able to show proof of their purchases.
Life out on the road means drivers purchase up to 3 meals a day.
This reduction may have drivers skipping meal breaks which will add to fatigue and increased stress.
This move by the Australian Tax Office has the potential of heaping more pressure on transport operators and drivers, who are already operating under tight margins.
As well as the added pressure of having to keep a track of their receipts on top of the amount of paperwork already required from a truck driver.
What is worse is that this decision was made without any prior discussion or consultation from stakeholder groups that this decision effects.
This includes truck drivers, small business/ truck-stop operators and transport employers.
This decision shows just how out of touch the Australian Tax Office has with the working people of this country.
You can support the truck drivers of Australia by signing this petition to the ATO to reverse this decision.
You can find the petition here: https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/truckies-demand-fair-allowance