TWU in Canberra to call for tougher regulations
TRUCK drivers, families of truck crash victims, transport companies and associations are meeting in Australia's capital today to call for tough regulation to put in place a system to investigate risks to safety in trucking that result when truck drivers and transport companies are put under financial pressure.
The Transport Workers Union, who organised the event at Parliament House in Canberra today said the death toll had reached 500 since the Federal Government had torn a safety watchdog.
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said they want to ensure truck drivers were not forced to drive long hours and speed, risking their lives and the lives of others.
"We want to ensure transport companies aren't forced to delay maintenance on their trucks or forced out of business because their contracts are being cut in price," he said.
"We want to make the roads safer and to reduce the disproportionately high number of trucks involved in road deaths.
"We can do this by regulating the transport supply chain, making it safer and fairer."
You can watch the press conference live at 11.20am live on the TWU's Facebook page.