MP welcomes road safety changes
PAGE MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed the Government's national road safety legislation before the House this week, which aims to tackle dangerous work practices in the trucking industry.
Ms Saffin said the Road Safety Remuneration Bill will save lives by ensuring that truck drivers are paid reasonably for the work they do, and it will get rid of the economic incentive for truck drivers to take unacceptable risks on our roads.
"I've been a strong supporter of the Transport Workers Union's campaign for Safe Rates in the trucking industry," she said.
"Around 250 people are killed and more than 1000 suffer serious injuries on our roads each year in accidents involving trucks- and in our region, we know all too well the high toll of accidents involving trucks on our roads.
"In 2008 The National Transport Commission's review into payment methods in the industry found a link between rates of pay and safety outcomes for truck drivers.
"The TWU is now calling on all MPs to support the Government's bill, saying 20 years of reports, coronial inquiries and reviews have highlighted the link in the transport industry between safety and rates of pay.
"The TWU and industry representatives were on the Government's Safe Rates Advisory Committee, and have been consulted every step of the way in this legislation.
"Truck drivers should not have to speed, overload their trucks or drive excessive hours to earn a decent living.
"Truck drivers work hard to make a living and the Government wants to support measures that ensure pay rates that encourage drivers to drive safely, manage their hours and maintain their vehicle."