TWU SHOULD SWITCH FOCUS TO PRACTICAL SAFETY MEASURES

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TWU SHOULD SWITCH FOCUS TO PRACTICAL SAFETY MEASURES

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has questioned the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) on its continued failure to argue for practical safety measures that would improve safety for everyone on the road.

“Unfortunately, the TWU’s focus on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) means it has not participated in the very positive discussions that have occurred about road safety in recent times,” ATA CEO Ben Maguire said today.

“The RSRT caused nothing but grief to hardworking owners and operators. It forced them into financial hardship, increased debt, reduced equipment values and caused significant stress without delivering any safety benefits.

“Meanwhile, the TWU failed to engage in the development of the ATA/ALC Registered Master Code of Practice. It didn’t make a submission to the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into the new truck safety laws that take effect from 1 October.

“I would encourage the TWU to take a broader approach to road safety. There is no reason why it cannot join our positive discussions or put forward practical initiatives, like those included in the Australian Government’s recently announced funding boost,” he said.

Under the boost $3.9 million will be distributed to 14 heavy vehicle safety projects in the latest round of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

The projects will help educate learner drivers about sharing the road safely with trucks, deliver more safety cameras and see the construction of Australia’s first roadside effluent disposal facility for livestock carriers.

“These are the kinds of positive initiatives we need, and it’s great to have the support of the Government,” Mr Maguire said.

“It’s time for the TWU to contribute to practical safety reforms, and I look forward to having this discussion with them,” he said.

Media contact:   Emily Mills 02 6253 6900 / 0417 211 441 / emily.mills@truck.net.au

 

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