RSRT extends deadline for submissions 1

Industry now has until May 13 to respond to proposed road safety remuneration orders

April 26, 2013

Industry has been given extra time to respond to proposed road safety remuneration orders lodged with the government body responsible for monitoring and mandating rates and conditions for truck drivers.

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) announced an extension of the deadline from April 22 to May 13 following requests from the transport industry.

Groups such as the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) submitted proposed orders earlier this year.

Some of the proposals included a training levy, full cost recovery for owner-drivers, shorter payment timeframes, changes to timeslot arrangements, paid waiting time and a cost model to help operators and contractors determine a sustainable rate.

"Over the past month the RSRT has been conducting extensive community consultation sessions and calling for comment on the proposed draft orders," the tribunal says in a statement.

Tribunal members, including President Jennifer Acton, are currently travelling throughout Australia to meet with people and businesses in the transport supply chain.

The move is part of the RSRT’s requirement to consult with the industry before issuing any road safety remuneration orders. The orders can specify minimum rates and conditions industry participants must meet.

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