Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has expressed her concern regarding legislating rates of pay, saying this will not do anything to improve transport industry safety.
In her report into the effects of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), Kate Carnell highlights major safety concerns during industry consultations before the inquiry.
The ombudsman’s office heard the views of owner-drivers and small operators to prepare for their presentation to government and regulators.
The ombudsman said during consultations with the industry, it became clear that they are committed to working towards greater levels of safety.
They also found that regulations relating to rest breaks were too rigid and put excessive pressure on drivers.
The report found that the payments order would not be able to address the underlying causes of the majority of fatal multi-vehicle crashes not caused by truck drivers.