Legislation to protect owner drivers

Media Release

DC035/2016

04 April 2016

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today said legislation to delay the implementation of mandatory rates for truck drivers will ensure thousands of small business owner drivers can remain competitive and in business.

The legislation to be introduced to Parliament the week of 18 April, will ensure a payment order issued by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, that was due to commence today, will not commence before 1 January 2017.

“There has been strong opposition from within the industry to the commencement date of the payment order and the primary concern has been that the order places the future of smaller operators, in particular family-run businesses, at risk,” Mr Chester said.

“Together with industry, the Commonwealth argued for a delay to the commencement date of the order so that there was a reasonable timeframe for operators to understand the new conditions and adjust their business accordingly.

“It was disappointing that despite a large volume of submissions seeking to defer the order commencement date, the request was denied.

“The Government remains committed to improving safety in the road transport sector and supports the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which also has the support of industry.”