The Australian Trucking Association supports the development of Australian Standards DR AS 5340 Design of livestock loading/unloading ramps and forcing yards/pens, with minor amendments. The draft standard would improve worker safety, proactively encourage all parties to improve their safety and animal welfare status and lead to fewer and less severe injuries.
Trucking businesses and other providers of essential services should be automatically eligible for JobKeeper Payments if they need to stand down staff.
The trucking industry experienced a number of impacts from the 2019/20 devastating bushfires, including:
The Australian Government’s economic response to the coronavirus epidemic must include measures to support truck owner-drivers.
The ATA supports the proposed Payment Times Reporting Framework, but calls on the Australian Government to take stronger action.
An investment allowance for new and late model second hand trucks and trailers would boost trucking businesses, increase road safety and improve urban air quality.
Proposed increases in the truck fuel tax and registration charges should be delayed until 1 July 2021.
The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) should be amended to recognise accreditation schemes like TruckSafe, the ATA said in its response to the draft Productivity Commission report on national transport regulatory reform.
The ATA welcomes a review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development, raising two central issues.
The ATA submission to the 2020-21 Federal Budget has called on Government to back small businesses, support regional Australia and deliver lower taxes.