Federal Member For Banks
Shadow Minister for Communications

PRIME MINISTER IN PADSTOW TO ANNOUNCE ACTION TO SUPPORT TRUCK OWNER-DRIVERS

On 10 April, David Coleman MP, Federal Member for Banks, welcomed the Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, and the Minister for Employment, the Hon. Michaelia Cash to Padstow for an announcement regarding the Road Safety Remuneration System.
The Prime Minister announced that the Coalition will abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) if it is returned to Government at the next election.
“It was good to welcome the Prime Minister and the Minister for Employment to the electorate for this important announcement”, Mr Coleman said.
“The RSRT sets pay rates for truck drivers and has put tens of thousands of owner-drivers across Australia at risk of being driven out of business”.
“The abolition of the RSRT will allow small operators to get on with running their businesses”.
The Prime Minister said that truck owner-drivers across Australia have been unfairly disadvantaged by the destructive Road Safety Remuneration System.
“The Transport Workers Union claims that if you pay someone more money then they will drive more safely. This is not based on evidence or common sense”, the Prime Minister said.
“There is no evidence that the Road Safety Remuneration System has achieved any safety outcomes in its four years of operation nor that it will achieve any such outcomes going forward”.
The Government will redirect funds from the RSRT to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The NHVR administers the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and is responsible for regulating a range of safety-related measures including driver fatigue, speeding, loading requirements and for ensuring that supply chains share equal responsibility for ensuring standards are complied with.