The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has joined a range of prominent industry bodies in calling for the abolishment of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT).
Responding to two new reports by PWC and Jaguar Consulting that assess the impact of the RSRT’s latest Road Safety Remuneration Order on the Australian economy, ATA Chair Noelene Watson said both the Road Safety Remuneration Act and Tribunal failed to have any appreciable impact on road safety; adding they would instead lead a negative economic outcome.
“In particular, the Jaguar Consulting report points out that the tribunal’s prescriptive approach is at odds with the best practice general duties approach to heavy vehicle safety recently agreed to by transport ministers following advice from the ATA,” she explained.
“Until now, the ATA has had no mandate to be involved in the Tribunal.
“However, the definitive findings of today’s reports make it clear that the Act and Tribunal are a threat to the viability of more than 20,000 small trucking operators, and to our economy generally.”
Watson said the Tribunal had become involved in business to business transactions, forcing the ATA to “protect its small business members from this regulation of how they run their businesses”.
“It is essential that operators and drivers are paid fairly. The Act and tribunal are the wrong solution to the problem; the ATA is committed to finding better solutions in a timely manner.
“Many smaller operators, particularly those in rural and regional areas, will be out of business as a result of the devastating impact of the RSRT and its orders.
“It’s essential for the Government to respond to these recommendations as a matter of urgency and abolish this threat to Australia’s trucking operators.”
Earlier this week, the Australian Logistics Council’s (ALC) Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff, had come to the same conclusion, stating “the abolition of the RSRT is the only real way to avoid the duplication, confusion and costs that this order, and others like it, will inevitably create.”