Truck drivers are keeping Australia moving
THE price of driving a load down a toll road is now too much. On social media, one driver recently commented "they are pricing these roads out of the reach of a lot of owner drivers”.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian spoke on radio and brushed off the worry of drivers by suggesting that at tax time drivers can get their expenses back.
Our members have already spoken to the government on road tolling and feel dismissed and ignored by a political group that appears to be working on solutions for the benefit of only a few corporations.
The inability to recover costs is hurting transport families.
In a NSW Government Inquiry, TWU members made the government aware of the following:
"The differential pricing system between heavy and light vehicles with respect to tolls leads to a situation whereby small businessmen and women, who already pay vastly higher registration fees, are being penalised again on toll roads which they are often unable to avoid simply for doing their jobs.”
"Tolls represent a significant and growing proportion of the expenses of owner drivers who must in many cases absorb these costs themselves in a context where their rates often already fail to cover their labour and operating expenses. Whilst toll prices continue to rise, the rates of these drivers are stagnating or declining. This is an untenable and unsustainable situation for these small business owners.”
The TWU speaks to owner drivers every day, we know that costs recovery for owner drivers is getting harder and harder.
The lack of response that comes from our governments is contributing to the crisis in transport.
Road toll money needs to come to the public treasury rather than the shareholders of companies like Transurban.
Every day, drivers talk about the need for quality rest areas and better roads which make their job safer, instead the governments continue to make deals making shareholders rich and drivers more fatigued.
You as a professional driverare keeping the country moving, driving the profit line of company whose freight you are hauling, yet the recognition of the hard work is more time away from your family because you must recover costs.
In 2020 the TWU and our members are fighting back. Tens of thousands of drivers across Australia are standing together calling for a safer and fairer industry
Contact your union, together we can seek a fair go and the protections that you deserve.
Owner driver, carters and draymen founded the Transport Workers Union back in 1888. The TWU is tens of thousands of transport workers, owner-drivers and employees, who stand together to win a better deal for themselves and their families.