On Wednesday, I met with courier drivers in Smithfield who came to talk to me about the importance of keeping the road safety watchdog - the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
Truck driving is Australia’s most dangerous job, with 330 people killed every year in truck smashes. Truck drivers are 15 times more likely to be killed at work than any other industry. This year we have already seen 15 truck-related fatalities on SA roads.
A new poll by Essential Research shows 73% of Australians believe companies such as Coles that put economic pressure on truck drivers to drive longer and faster should be held accountable for the impact this has on road safety. This new data shows the importance of road safety to ordinary Australians with 62% supporting the Tribunal, and nearly half of respondents wanting to see the RSRT’s safety powers strengthened. We need a greater focus on road safety in this country, not a weaker one. The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal needs to be preserved.
Labor will work with community groups to block any repeal of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and help prevent further fatalities involving heavy vehicles.