Release date: 2/07/2009

The Transport Workers Union has welcomed the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) decision to support a national heavy vehicle regulator at today’s meeting in Darwin.

Transport Workers Union national secretary, Tony Sheldon, said a national regulator should have its first priority in improving safety on our roads.

“Given that the Australian economy relies heavily on the transport industry, it is fitting that we see transport regulations consistent across all states,” Mr Sheldon said.

“Of course, there is still more work to be done and we need industry players and government agencies to work with the TWU to improve safety across our industry.

“The relevant ministers from all states, especially Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, should be congratulated for seeing this initiative through.

“Major employers in the transport sector, including Toll, Linfox and Finemore, had joined with the TWU to end the red tape between state-based regulations.

“It is not just the big companies which will benefit from this decision, but we represent thousands of owner drivers across Australia which will find a single set of regulations easier to apply.

“More than 280 people killed on Australia’s roads due to heavy vehicle incidents every year. Safety measures such as this are important and would work hand-in hand with our proposed safe rates system, ensuring owner-drivers and employees are able to get costs and a fair wage from clients,” Mr Sheldon said.

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