Operator accused of ripping off truck driver


Ron Priddle Transport and Logistics to front court accused of underpaying its truck driver by more than $20,000

February 10, 2010

A Victorian trucking company has been hauled before court on allegations of ripping off a truck driver more than $20,000.

The prosecution was launched by the Fair Work Ombudsman against Ron Priddle Transport and Logistics which is based in the south-west region of Hamilton.

Documents lodged in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court allege the company’s director, manager and shareholder, Ronald Harold Priddle, was centrally involved in underpaying the long-distance driver $20,272 between 2005 and 2008.

Priddle is also accused of failing to comply with the Ombudsman’s request o see the driver’s employment records, which is a breach of workplace laws.

The company and Priddle face a litany of fines if found guilty.

The maximum penalty for each underpayment breach is $33,000 for the company and $6600 for Priddle for underpayments, while the company and Priddle may be slapped with $5500 and $1100 fines respectively for failing to provide employment records.

The Ombudsman is also seeking penalties and a court order to recoup the money it claims is owed to the driver.

The Ombudsman claims the driver was underpaid his loading and unloading allowance, living away from home allowance, annual leave entitlements and superannuation.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the decision to prosecute was made because of the significant amount involved and the employer’s failure to rectify the matter.



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