Do ‘safe rates’ actually produce safety outcomes? A decade of experience from Australia

On 1 July 2014 the Australian government activated a body called the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. This tribunal would examine and legislate minimum rates of pay for owner drivers. This determination was based on the premise that there were strong links between truck crashes and driver remuneration. This perception has been held in Australia since the early 1990s. In April 2016 the Tribunal set an owner driver pay rate determination which precipitated industrial action. From 1991 to 2006 research had been undertaken into the safety of the ’hire and reward’ sector, however, by 2016 perceptions about this sector were provably outdated. The expert findings in the National Transport Commission’s report, (NTC, 2008) were weak. In 2013 new benchmarking of the ‘hire and reward’ versus the ‘ancillary’ segments’ safety performance was undertaken with strong findings. This paper presents arguments from the most recent data and counters the industry remuneration/safety link.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: Future pathways: International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology (HVTT14), 15-18 November 2016, Rotorua

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  • Accession Number: 01641733
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2017 9:55AM