Employers Aboard On Safety Call

Release date: 7/06/2013

Truck drivers and their employers presented a united front at the TWU National Council in Darwin recently in calls for greater focus on road safety in the supply chain.

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ARTIO Victorian branch secretary/treasurer Philip Lovel AM told the council the Road Safety and Remuneration Tribunal had an important job to do in protecting industry safety standards.

"The road freight industry is going through a very difficult time and companies are under constant pressure from clients to reduce costs and increase efficiency," Lovel said.

"But there’s only so far you can go in reducing costs before you start sacrificing safety standards.

"No one is seeking to hide from competitive pressure but competition should be on the basis of value and service not cutting corners or bending the rules of common sense."

Mr Lovel called for the Government to establish a fund to support training and accreditation programs both for drivers and employers and measures that continue to improve safety.

TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon backed the call for governments to support the industry in road safety matters.

"The end clients in the supply chain need to get on board and be part of a holistic industry approach to safety, alongside transport companies, the union and governments," he said.

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