Mandatory 30-day payment terms should be introduced by the party that forms Government after the federal election this week the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has declared.
In a statement issued today the ATA, which represents 50,000 road transport businesses, said it was opposed to any price fixing pushed by the Government.
ATA CEO Ben Maguire said practical and effective measures to assist owner-drivers needed to be supported including mandatory 30-day payment terms.
“We need a policy approach that improves safety and working conditions for everyone, without creating a fixed pricing regime that is not appropriate for real world costs and practices,” he said.
The ATA has released videos on social media revealing the policies of the Centre Alliance, Coalition and the Labor Party on 30-day payment terms.
According to Centre Alliance Senate candidate Skye Kakoschke-Moore price fixing was dealt with indiscrimately by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
“Perhaps it had noble aims but in real-life it wasn’t getting the outcomes it was really established for,” she said.
Earlier this year, the Coalition said it would require large businesses tendering for government contracts to have 20-day payment terms in place.
“This is an issue that requires thoughtful action from the next government, with consultation and collaboration with the Australian trucking industry,” said Deputy Prime Minister Michael Maguire.
Labor Party road safety spokesperson Glenn Sterle said he planned to collaborate with the trucking industry.
“Let’s not just talk about remuneration and unfair contracts. There’s payment terms, training, other safety issues and truck bays,” he said.