13 Dec

Australian Government Introduces New Road Safety Body Investigation

In what is being called a world first, the Australian federal government’s Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) released its first annual work programme last Monday, with its chief function to investigate conditions in the logistics and freight industry – including pay and safety conditions.

The main sectors that will be investigated include retail, livestock, bulk grain and long distance. This will officially make Australia the first country to ever run a procedure like this.

So what’s its purpose?

In short, the investigation will aim to identify problems within the logistics, freight and road transport industry that could be impacting on industry and safety. Additionally, the investigation seeks to ensure those employed within the industry are receiving acceptable payment and other benefits for their work.

The Transport Workers Union and Australian Logistics Council have both commended the new investigation, considering the the ultimate positive to be that it could help refine and improve worker safety and operations efficiency within the industry.

Is this a good thing?

Absolutely. Given that this investigation is all about ensuring workers are being paid correctly and that their safety is the absolute paramount focus of all businesses involved in the logistics industry, it opens the door for changes that will ultimately be positive.

A running concern throughout the logistics industry – or any comparable form of road transport industry, for that matter – is that of the driver fatigue. Michael Kaine, who is the assistant national secretary for the Transport Workers Union, has stated that he believes driver fatigue and what denotes realistic deadlines are two areas of focus he hopes this new investigation will address.

It would be a safe bet to say these areas of concern will be addressed. After all, the investigation aims to improve safety, and driver fatigue has always been of note.

In the end, we’re excited about these developments. Safety and fair pay are two things those involved in the logistics industry – and any industry – deserve.

What do you think of this world first investigation? If you’re involved in any of the industries that will be included in this investigation, is it something you’ve been waiting for? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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