Safer Road Transport Industry * Australia - A step closer
The issue of concern is that current pay and conditions methods can result in drivers working excessive hours to meet schedules, overloading their trucks and cutting back on vehicle maintenance
Canberra,Australia -The Australia Business & World News -21 June 2010: -- Today the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, met with truck drivers, members of the Transport Workers Union, employers and safety experts, marking another step in safer work conditions for our truck drivers... The Minister met with members of the Safe Rates Advisory Group this morning at Parliament House to discuss the options for a national approach to truck drivers’ pay and conditions to improve their safety... The Safe Rates Advisory Group will release its draft options paper in early July for a six week consultation period... Around 330 people are killed each year on Australian roads in crashes involving heavy vehicles, and about 16 per cent of the fatalities are truck drivers. Speed and fatigue are widely acknowledged as significant factors and can be a symptom of the pressure to work long hours to meet schedules... The draft paper will set out practical options for covering trucking employees and independent contractors in the transport industry to address the impact of payment rates and safety methods...
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