Posts Tagged ‘truckies in australia’

Lung buster legislation

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Dull durrie legislation (Pic: ABC News)

Australia looks set to bring in plain packaging for tobacco products from next year after the legislation passed the House of Representatives last night.
The legislation requires cigarettes to be sold in dark green packets with graphic health warnings and without trademarks from July 1 next year.


Both bills to implement the plan have now gone through the Lower House, despite the Coalition’s concerns about the potential for intellectual property infringements. The legislation will now go to the Senate for approval.

Ms Roxon told Parliament the Opposition was “shamed into backing the bill, but really opposed it with every fibre of their body”.

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Editors Comment: I do not understand how this will make truckies in Australia who smoke, give up the habit. If a truckie smokes and enjoys it and can afford to buy cigarettes, is obviously capable of making the decision to quit and not be forced into it via stupid cigarette packaging. Democracy gone mad? It makes me ponder what the government will do next. Who makes the most money from the sale of a packet of cigarettes? It’s not the manufacturer, the wholesaler or the retailer.
I’ll have a pack of 25’s… you know…the dark green ones… the ones without the trademarks…. their the better cigarettes!

Australia’s Rural Truckies pay more for less

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Pic: (ATN) Australian Truckies to pay more

By: Brad Gardner

Rural trucking operators will be forced to pay the same road user charge as their urban counterparts despite receiving a significantly smaller share of road funding.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) last week recommended increasing the trucking industry’s road user charge by 2.4 percent to 23.1 cents per litre. If accepted, the proposal will reduce the fuel tax credit by 0.5 cents to 15.04 cents per litre.

According to the NTC, trucking operators need to pay higher charges from July 1 due to greater government investment in the road network. Figures released by the NTC show expenditure on rural local roads between the 2002 and 2009 financial years was $14.64 billion. Conversely, expenditure on urban local roads over the same period was $23.56 billion.

Spending on urban local roads between the 2007 and 2008 financial years increased from $3.57 billion to $3.92 billion, while spending on rural roads went from $2.13 billion to $2.28 billion. While the NTC did not provide expenditure figures for rural and urban local roads for the 2010 financial year, it says spending on urban arterial routes was $5.95 billion. The figure represents an almost $500 million decline over the previous year.

“Spending on roads and bridges across all levels of government has increased significantly in recent years, reflecting initiatives from all levels of government to improve road transport infrastructure,” the NTC says.

Between the 2004 and 2010 financial years, the NTC says governments spent $31.52 billion, compared to $27.73 billion on rural arterial routes over the same period. According to the NTC, rural arterial expenditure increased from $4.83 billion in the 2009 financial year to $5 billion in the 2010 financial year.

“Revenue recovered through heavy vehicle charges contributes to building better and safer roads, such as providing high productivity vehicles with increased access to the road network,” it says.

The Australian Trucking Industry has been given until March 11 to respond to the NTC’s proposal before it goes to the Federal Government for approval. Under changes introduced in 2008, the Government must give the industry 60 days notice prior to making a decision. It must release the data used to determine any changes.

If it accepts the NTC’s proposal, the Government will need to gain the support of independents in the House of Representatives to pass the 2.4 percent increase. The Senate can also pass a disallowance motion to stop the price rise. The NTC says the latest proposal is almost 2 percent lower than last year’s increase (4.2 percent) and .4 percent lower than CPI.

A sub-group of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is currently working on an alternative charging model for the trucking industry, including mass-distance-location pricing.

Under this method trucking operators will pay an individual rather than general fee. Vehicles will be billed based on their mass, how far they travel and the locations they travel through.

$90,000 Back Pay For Transport Workers

Saturday, January 15th, 2011


Twenty-nine Gippsland transport workers are being reimbursed almost $90,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found they were underpaid.


The workers – all from the same company – were underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and superannuation.

After Traralgon-based Fair Work inspectors contacted the employer and explained its obligations, the company has agreed to back-pay all entitlements in full.

The largest individual underpayment was $5700.

The transport company was randomly audited as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s regular auditing activity. In another local case, a South Gippsland manager has been back-paid $13,400 after he was underpaid annual leave entitlements.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says that given the employers all co-operated with inspectors and agreed to voluntarily rectify the underpayments, there will be no further action against the companies involved.

“We have a flexible, fair approach and our preference is always to work with employers to help them voluntarily rectify any non-compliance issues we identify,” he said.

Mr Campbell says the Agency places a strong focus on educating and assisting employers to understand and comply with workplace laws. “We are serious about our job of ensuring regional communities understand their rights and obligations in the workplace.”

Mr Campbell says employers need to regularly review their Award or agreement to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations to their workers.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a number of tools on its website – www.fairwork.gov.au to assist employees and employers to check minimum rates of pay. Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are better equipped when hiring, managing and dismissing employees by using free template employment documentation with step-by-step instructions.

Employers or employees seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays.
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Note: We are unable identify the businesses involved or provide additional information on the cases

Australia’s Trucking Industry Urges Patience During Floods

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Australia’s peak trucking industry body, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is urging the industry’s customers to take into consideration the delays caused by flooding in northern Australia and to ensure they allow additional time for deliveries.


ATA Chairman, David Simon, said the floods had placed great pressure on local communities, regional infrastructure and the Australia’s trucking industry. “Trucking will play an important role in the recovery of communities affected by the floods. Trucks are often the only way to get vitally needed supplies to where they are needed,” Mr Simon said.

“As a result, the trucking industry is working hard to ensure communities affected by flooding can get what they need quickly, this extra work, as well as the additional time needed to travel around flood affected areas, means there will be some delays for the industry’s customers.

The ATA is asking all customers to realise the industry is doing its best to meet the demand, and to adjust their delivery schedules accordingly.

This will keep our roads safe and ensure companies meet their obligations under Chain of Responsibility legislation, which holds consignees and consignors responsible if they pressure a driver into breaking the law, for example, by imposing unreasonable schedules given the flooding.

Mr Simon also reminded motorists that roads in flood affected areas will be damaged and urged them to ensure they are careful around areas that have been subjected to flooding.

Following the recent heavy rain and flooding, many roads will be damaged. It’s up to all motorists to ensure they take the changed road conditions into account and drive appropriately to the conditions.

The ATA, and its member associations in affected states, will be working hard to ensure roads and bridges are repaired quickly and rebuilt to appropriate standards.

The ATA budget submission to the Australian Government will call for more road funding for the affected states, as well as special funds paid directly to local governments to help them fix their damaged roads and bridges.”