The Australian Logistics Council supports an announcement today by Employment Minister Senator Michaelia Cash that the Government will be introducing legislation in the week commencing 18 April 2016 to ensure that orders setting mandatory remuneration rates for truck drivers cannot commence before 1 January 2017.
“This is a common sense approach by the Government and ALC commits to working with the Department of Employment on the review of the Road Safety Remuneration System as announced by the Minister last week,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.
“The position that ALC will take to this review will be consistent with our position over the last four years – that the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal is the best option to avoid the duplication, confusion and costs that would inevitably result from the Tribunal
“Our position on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal was backed by a Review of the Road Safety Remuneration System by Price Waterhouse Coopers and an independent review by Jaguar Consulting, both released last Friday.
“ALC believes the best way to achieve safety improvements in the heavy vehicle industry is through achieving greater compliance and enforcement of Chain of Responsibility (part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law),” he concluded.