Young truckies’ advocate Adam Craig responds below to the news this week that the National Transport Commission is holding industry workshops debating the merits of shortening standard work hours.
I was not going to do another column about Covid and all its implications, however, I am sure everyone is feeling the same effects of lethargy and depression and is so over the snap seven-day lockdown which is now into 60-plus days in Victoria, as I am.
The transport industry has done an amazing job over the last 18 months – a true credit to everyone in this industry.
Let me state the obvious. As I recently reminded the NSW Government at the Parliamentary Road Tolling Regimes Inquiry, toll road costs are an enormous issue across the road transport industry.
As a modern regulator, we use a risk-based model to tackle the greatest safety risks on our roads.
I would love a dollar for every time we hear these old excuses: ‘I told them the brakes were dodgy’ or ‘they tried to beat me and cut in front of me when their lane was ending’ or ‘they tried to bag me up on the inside on a roundabout’.
Recently, the Port of Melbourne (PoM) launched its Container Logistics Supply Chain Study (CLCS), mapping out container movements to and from the port.
The aim of CoR provisions in the HVNL (and equivalent laws in WA and NT) is to ensure that everyone in the supply chain actively prevents safety breaches and aligns transport safety law, with the concept of “duty of care” underpinning Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) law.
Transport workers have become directly responsible for shareholder and management happiness due to the ‘Christmas-level’ workload in many yards. They have kept parcels coming to people’s doors, they’ve kept retail shelves stocked. They have delivered essential goods and supplies across the country under unprecedented demand and pressure from those at the top of the supply chains.
Last month, Twiggy Forrest published full-page advertisements in newspapers across Australia challenging export processor JBS over the company’s animal welfare performance.