Industry granted more time to respond to RSRT proposal

Tribunal extends the deadline for responses to a draft road safety remuneration order to August 1

Industry granted more time to respond to RSRT proposal
Industry granted more time to respond to RSRT proposal
By Brad Gardner | July 24, 2013

The trucking industry has been given extra time to respond to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s (RSRT) proposal to introduce paid waiting time and 14-day payment terms.

Despite the tribunal declaring the original July 26 deadline adequate for industry to make its views known on the draft road safety remuneration order, it has acceded to requests from a number of industry groups and decided to push the date back to August 1.

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association, NatRoad, the New South Wales branch of the Australian Trucking Association and other business groups requested extra time to consult their members about the draft order before lodging their submissions.

The order, released on July 12, seeks to impose new conditions on the retail, livestock, bulk grain, interstate long distance and intrastate long distance sectors.

Beyond listing queuing, loading and unloading a truck as work time, the order also outlines provisions covering safe driving plans, contracts, work payments, training, drug and alcohol policies and dispute resolution all parties in the supply chain will need to abide by.

"When we set out the timetable in the 12 July 2013 statement we were satisfied it ensures that all persons and bodies likely to be affected if a road safety remuneration order based on the draft RSRO were to be made have a reasonable opportunity to make written submissions to the Tribunal for its consideration in relation to the draft RSRO," a statement from the RSRT says.

"In the circumstances, and notwithstanding the submissions subsequently made to us in support of variations to that timetable, we remain so satisfied. Nonetheless, we will vary the timetable set out in the 12 July 2013 statement."

Industry will have until midday of August 1 to submit its responses, and those wishing to reply to the submissions will have until August 8.

The RSRT says hearings on the draft order will be held from August 12 to August 16 in Sydney, with video links to the other states and territories.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU), Australian Fast Freight, Intercapital Trucking and Robert Mitchell Transport opposed applications to extend the deadline for submissions.

"Although, the TWU would not oppose some extension to the dates for the making of written submissions and comments so long as the hearing dates are not delayed," the RSRT says.

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