TWU seeks to make tanker work safer

While the Road Safety Tribunal is discussing minimum safety standards for Australian petrol tankers, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) says action has to be taken as soon as possible.

TWU Assistant National Secretary, Michael Kaine, said, “industry research shows the tanker fleet is old and unreliable, and tanker drivers are routinely pressured to drive too fast or too long.

“That’s why the Union has lodged a national dispute on tanker safety, and why we’re calling for a national safety standard before the Road Safety Tribunal today.”

Kaine said TWU was seeking a raft of enforceable national safety standards to deliver safe rates, adequate maintenance, as well as specialised driver training and mandatory reporting.

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