ALC calls for abolition of Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

The Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council, Michael Kilgariff, said the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal is a significant legislative over-reach introduced by the former Government and should be abolished.

In a submission to the independent review into the Road Safety Remuneration System in Australia, the ALC called for the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

“The Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 was not substantiated by the Regulatory Impact Statement prepared at the time and is a prime candidate for inclusion in the omnibus legislation to be presented on Repeal Day in March,” he said.

“The Legislation duplicates obligations already contained in workplace health and safety laws – which require a person conducting a business or undertaking to follow the As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) concept – as well as modern industrial awards made by Fair Work Australia.

“There are also in existence industry safety codes such as the National Logistics Safety Code setting out clearly all participants responsibilities when they control or influence the movement of freight in the supply chain, particularly road transport laws, that create a culture of continuous improvement in the industry.

He said Industry has spent many years working with Government on the creation of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which is due to formally commence on 14 February and is to administer the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“That Law establishes a national approach to Chain of Responsibility, which places obligations on all responsible persons in the supply chain, which will ultimately be administered by the National Regulator,” he said.

“ALC believes that the developing expertise of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Chain of Responsibility obligations established by the Heavy Vehicle National Law, Work Health and Safety laws, and the National Logistics Safety Code of Practice are the key to improving safety in the industry – which has improved over the last decade.

“Adding another arm of regulation by Fair Work Australia will not deliver a safer industry and will just undermine efficiency and impose needless costs on Australia’s supply chains,” he said.

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