Trucking industry asks: What are safe rates?

Trucking industry won't rule out a safe rates scheme but wants more definition on how any mandatory system will work

By Samantha Freestone

The industry will not rule out a safe rates scheme for truck drivers but wants more definition on how any mandatory system will work, the industry’s industrial relations expert says.

Paul Ryan from the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) says the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) report into road safety and driver remuneration delivered an "expected outcome".

He says more definition is required before the industry can respond at any length regarding the issue.

"The report isn’t the issue, it is what will happen next year because of it that is the issue," he says.

"No one can see what safe rates actually are. Is it payments made by one contractor to the next? There needs to be more definition."

He says the report – Remuneration and Safety in the Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry - , "regurgitates" what one author Michael Quinlan had been working on in the past.

"People’s expectations have been confirmed," he says.

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