Independent MPs: hundreds of lives are lost on our roads every year -- support the "safe rates" legislation
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Bob Katter MP
Tony Crook MP
Tony Windsor MP
Rob Oakeshott MP
Andrew Wilkie MP

Independent MPs: hundreds of lives are lost on our roads every year -- support the "safe rates" legislation

    1. Petition by

      Stella Minos

      Sydney, Australia

Each year an average of 330 people are killed as a result of heavy vehicle accidents on Australian roads. More than 5300 people are injured. Truck driving has a fatality rate that is 10 times the industrial average, and it seems that every day there are TV or newspaper reports on yet another trucking tragedy.

For decades major retailers like Coles and Woolworths have used their economic power to place unreasonable and dangerous demands on drivers. The pressure can leave some drivers feeling they have little option but to take risks on the road simply to meet a deadline.

As the wife of a truck driver, I understand only too well the pressures in the industry. Truckies are given impossible deadlines, forced to queue for hours unpaid to load and unload, and have delivery windows that take no account of road or weather conditions. 

The Federal Government are responding by introducing "safe pay" laws. The legislation will help take the pressure out of the cab and demand companies be responsible for the safe transportation of their goods -- but it needs the support of cross bench Independent MPs to become law. The Coalition have indicated that they will not support the legislation and industry lobbyists are busy trying to convince the Independents to vote against the laws. 

We need this legislation to halt the tragic loss of life on our roads. 

Please sign this petition calling on cross bench MPs to support the Road Safety Remuneration Bill and help secure safer roads!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Janita Thurston -, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Save truckies, motorists and acceptable standards of safety for everyone. I won't and don't mind if something I want is not in the supermarket exactly when I want it, I would rather save lives thankyou very much! Slow down and save lives!!

    • kelly wager GOLDEN POINT, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is crazy to think that these statistics have not already lead to OHS reform for truck drivers!! Shame on big businesses such as Coles and Woolworths for putting lives at risk for the sake of profit!!!!

    • steve Furulyas ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a truckie that deals with coles and woolies every day, so i understand first hand what they are doing to my industry.

    • Susan Redfearn HACKHAM WEST, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Most of my family and friends drive for a living. We have the right to be safe in our work place and have our conditions as safe as possible... A bit of heavy vehicle awareness for car drivers wouldnt go astray either.

      • over 2 years ago

      We all deserve safety in the workplace


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