One Foot At A Time

I’ve been quite vocal with my ideas about Operator Licencing for the Road Transport Industry, how I believe it to be the best possible cure for most of the industry’s ills so I was more than pleased to receive this media release from Road Freight NSW (formerly the ATA)

“13 August 2015

The peak road transport industry organisation in New South Wales, Road Freight NSW, has today announced its support for a road transport operator licensing system in order to ensure all trucking operators meet rigorous safety and viability standards.

Road Freight NSW General Manager, Jodie Broadbent, said an operator licensing system would protect professional trucking drivers and operators from the financial and reputational damage caused by short-lived, cut-price transport ventures.

“Our members are fed up with ignorant people entering our industry who have no knowledge of how to run a business, no concept of the costs associated with running a trucking company, and some daft idea that undercutting others is the only way to win contracts,” Mrs Broadbent said.

“Because they have never performed a cost analysis, these ventures will undercut other operators by offering prices that don’t even cover the cost of keeping the wheels turning on their trucks. The result is their employees are not paid properly, they do not meet their tax obligations, and they cut corners in managing their business, such as maintaining their vehicles.

“Eventually these businesses go bankrupt, leaving many people negatively affected by unscrupulous or poorly-informed management decisions.”

The Road Freight NSW Policy Council, made up of both large and small businesses, voted unanimously to work with governments and the NHVR to develop a system that ensures legitimate businesses with solid and safe business practices are protected from those looking to make a quick buck.

“There are almost no barriers to entry in our industry. You can literally grab a laptop and become a freight forwarder, or buy a vehicle, stick a driver in it and call yourself a transport company, without any knowledge of the obligations and costs associated with running a business,” Mrs Broadbent said.

“Having some requirements to ensure trucking business owners are well aware of their business and safety obligations will help the industry become safer, more viable, and more professional.”

Media contact Jodie Broadbent 02 9922 6507 / 0499 099 221”

Is it the seed I sowed that’s germinating? I don’t know, I’d like to think so but the end result is the important thing. Let’s hope the idea grows and the end result is an industry that can self regulate a profitable outcome for all involved and a better system in which the likes of the ATO and FWA can ensure drivers are properly remunerated.