QTA calls for ARTIO to step in

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THE Queens­land Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has called for the Aus­tralian Road Trans­port In­dus­trial Or­gan­i­sa­tion to play a key role in the devel­op­ment of any new safety frame­work.

The plea comes as shadow as­sis­tant road safety min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Glenn Sterle met with in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to dis­cuss is­sues fac­ing op­er­a­tors.

“ARTIO, as a na­tional body, is uniquely placed to of­fer a na­tional per­spec­tive on re­mu­ner­a­tion and safety as it ap­plies to trans­port op­er­a­tors and those they em­ploy be­cause of its close in­te­gra­tion with state-based in­dus­try groups like the QTA and oth­ers around Aus­tralia,” QTA chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Ma­hon said.

“Some as­pects of the pre­vi­ous sys­tem were mis­un­der­stood, poorly im­ple­mented and mis­placed pol­icy. It is en­cour­ag­ing that Sen­a­tor Sterle has openly stated a fed­eral La­bor gov­ern­ment would not rush into a sim­i­lar model that doesn’t work. How­ever we do recog­nise there is po­ten­tial value in a sys­tem that en­sures min­i­mum stan­dards in­volv­ing costs, safety and labour wel­fare that has the en­dorse­ment of in­dus­try and op­er­a­tors.”

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