The Heavy Vehicle Industry Association (HVIA) together with other allied transport and business associations and owner driver representatives attended a roundtable with the Australian Small Business & Family Enterprise (ASBFEO) Ombudsman, Ms Kate Carnell AO in Canberra on the May 16.
The ASBFEO has been instructed by the Assistant Treasurer the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP to conduct an inquiry into the effect on small businesses of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016, (Payments Order). The inquiry will also consider the ways in which government can consult with small businesses in the development and operation of tribunals and other similar bodies.
HVIA CEO Brett Wright commented “the flow on effects of the Payments Order are becoming clearer with cases now coming to light where orders for new heavy vehicles were impacted or cancelled. Further, there were grave fears expressed by some in industry that the second hand vehicle market would have been flooded and the value of trucks and trailers dramatically reduced as owner/drivers and small operators began to feel the impact of the order and simply parked them up or sent them to auction.”
Wright added “Whilst the tribunal and the Payments Order have been abolished, HVIA shares the concern of the ATA, NatRoad and the ALRTA that the industry is still negatively impacted and under a cloud of uncertainty. This is mainly due to the Labor Party’s current position to re-instate the tribunal should it gain power at the upcoming federal election.”
HVIA calls on any supplier to the industry to contact HVIA and the ASBFEO to discuss how they were effected and gain their feedback about the major issues now facing them due to the Payments Order.
As a result of the roundtable the ASBFEO will also be collecting information from industry through a facebook based survey and conducting regional forums shortly.
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