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Sep 30, 2016

TRUCKING's NEW ENEMY * Australia: The "vey dangerous" ASBFEO's Kate Carnell

* ACT - The only way forward for the industry is to switch to an hourly-based system. Paid per tonne, per load, is the root cause of present situation


--- Kate Carnell’s post-RSRT report shows she doesn’t get it and the industry has missed a chance because of it... The Interstater has had enough of "the very dangerous" Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Kate Carnell, and her "notion that legislating rates of pay is not the way to go to ensure greater safety within the trucking industry ... Well, if that’s the case, then she must know more about our industry than we do" ... "Ms Carnell, if you have a B-double, for example, and you are getting $3,200 to go from Melbourne to Brisbane, and it takes from Monday morning until Wednesday afternoon to get it delivered, and once all the costs are equated you have made as little as $100s for that load, you are not going to be able to keep the maintenance up to your vehicle. If that continues to be the trend over the whole month, then you are not only in a lot of financial trouble, you will soon be out of business." ... The Interstater says the only way forward for the industry is to switch to an hourly-based system... "What the ASBFEO and all the employer associations like the Australian Trucking Association, NatRoad, the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) and state-based associations need to be pushing for is a new way of pricing and valuing the task that trucking does" ... "The only way to effect the financial security of trucking into the future is through hourly charging. The flow on effect of being able to also pay drivers hourly for all that they do will increase safety levels to never been seen before levels." ... "But Kate Carnell won’t do anything about this endemic problem trucking is living because her little organisation isn’t about trucking, or safety, or freight transportation. It’s about being seen to be doing something to justify the existence of the ASBFEO" ... Controversial Owner//Driver columnist The Interstater says !!! ...  
(Photo: "The RSRT was the first and last chance to increase rates into the future," The Interstater says)   --  Canberra, ACT, Australia  - Owner Driver - 28 Sept 2016

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