The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) tell us they are looking forward to working with the new Turnbull Government and in particular the three MPs chosen to manage key portfolios.
Darren Chester has been reappointed as Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Paul Fletcher retains the Infrastructure portfolio and Michael McCormack is the new Minister for Small Business.
ATA CEO Christopher Melham said the trio will have several important issues to tackle, including the scrapping of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribal (RSRT).
“Following discussions with the industry, the Coalition committed to spend an extra $4 million a year on truck safety measures, with the money coming from the abolition of the RSRT,”
“The ATA is looking forward to continuing our work with Minister Chester to put these safety measures in place.
“In particular, we will continue discussions with Minister Chester about our proposal that the NHVR should be charged with co-ordinating an information campaign for car drivers about how to share the road safely with trucks.
“The campaign should run nationally, including in WA and the NT.
“The ATA also urges Minister Chester and Minister Fletcher to energise work on the truck safety standards, so truck and trailer stability control technology can be mandated from 2019 for new model trucks and trailers and from 2020 for new trucks and trailers, with appropriate exemptions,” he said.
While Mr Melham said the trucking industry consisted almost entirely of small businesses.
“Michael McCormack understands regional small businesses, and the ATA will be seeking an early meeting with him to discuss our proposal for a mandatory code under the Competition and Consumer Act to cover payment terms for small trucking businesses.
“The Government must also continue working to eliminate the overcharging of truck and bus operators.
“Finally, the ATA encourages the Government to work with the states to improve the way infrastructure projects are selected and funded.
“Sound infrastructure investment is essential for lifting Australia’s productivity, but governments have to build the right projects at the right price.”