Linfox calls order impracticable and unworkable
Linfox has addressed questions raised about its position on the introduction of a the safe rates order by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT).
The large transport provider has supported the tribunal as a way to improve our industry's safety standards from the beginning, but the company says the current order is, "impracticable and unworkable".
Linfox Executive Chairman Peter Fox claims that Linfox leads the industry in safety, when responding to the Order.
"Linfox leads the industry in safety, training and innovation," he said.
"This is evidenced by our Vision ZERO safety campaign.
Despite rumours Linfox will stand to gain from the Order, they say owner drivers are a valuable part of their operations.
"Owner drivers are important to our business and we operate with a limited number of owner drivers who provide services during peak periods," said Mr Fox.
"Media reports claiming that Linfox stands to benefit from the long distance order are inaccurate, create confusion and exacerbate concerns in the industry and among members of the public."
Despite calling the current order unworkable, Linfox does support the introduction of minimum safety standards.
"Linfox does support the introduction of minimum national safety standards for the transport sector. These standards are long overdue and need to be developed and implemented as a matter of urgency," Mr Fox said.
For over a decade, Linfox has advocated for improved safety on Australian roads and the compulsory introduction of in-cab telematics or European style 'Black Box' technology..
"Addressing safety requires real commitment and it is the view of the business that the compulsory introduction of advanced telematics is a top priority for both the industry and government regulators," Mr Fox said.
"Linfox implores the Federal Government to legislate in this area. To do so will bring about an immediate and real improvement in safety on Australian roads."
Linfox submissions to the RSRT on Friday 25 March, 2016:
...The setting of minimum rates for contract owner drivers engaged in long distance operations is a more complex task than the setting of minimum rates for contract drivers engaged in local supermarket distribution operations.
...it's also not right to all of a sudden put a transport operator in a position where his freight charges double. He has no ability to recover that from a consignor.
...It would just be a fundamental turning on its head of the current transport arrangements.
...Linfox is presently unable to support the setting of specific minimum rates for contract owner drivers engaged generally in long distance operations.