New WA laws to protect truck drivers

WA Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said owner-driver transport operators will be well placed to survive the challenges of rising fuel prices, with the 1 August commencement of the Owner-Drivers (Contract and Disputes) Act 2007.

The new legislation ensures "a fairer bargaining position for owner-drivers to stamp out unsafe practices that cause drivers to cut corners to make a living", Ms MacTiernan's statement said.

The Minister said the Act:

  • "established a Road Freight Industry Council which would develop guideline rates and a mandatory code of conduct;
  • empowered the council to mandate the payment of safe and sustainable rates;
  • implied fair terms into unwritten contracts;
  • ensured owner-drivers were paid within 30 days of submitting accounts; and
  • established a new Road Freight Transport Industry Tribunal to resolve disputes and enforce the Act and the code of conduct".

4 August, 2008

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