QTA calls for ARTIO to step in
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.”