Cultural sensitivities aside, of all the useful sensible things $1.5m …

Comment on 2.5km of the MacDonnell Ranges to be lit up by Cogs.

Cultural sensitivities aside, of all the useful sensible things $1.5m to $2m could be directed to in this community, is this facile self serving “piss it up against the wall” ego trip even in the hunt!
The Romans had their circus. The French were “offered” cake when they needed bread.
Why not just splash it up against the side of the overpass. Better still, give us back Rego stickers, or at least the option to have them.

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‘Federal tribunal penalises small truckies’
One more thing Bill et al: If the reports are true that Bill Shorten has vowed that if elected, he will get all Owner Drivers off the road, you will get one of your “rathers” – you will certainly pay more than “a little more for goods,” but I guarantee you road safety won’t be improved as a consequence. See my April 17 posts.


‘Federal tribunal penalises small truckies’
Bill, while there are any number of reasons why some truck drivers take pills “to stay awake”, poor pay would be near the bottom of the list.
Threat of no work is however, right at the top, because for many owner drivers, their contracts are with the likes of a big supermarket chain, who demand unreasonable (i.e. unrealistic within legal driving hours etc.) interstate delivery schedules, and in today’s world of “just in time” stock reserves (i.e. diminishing backroom storage facilities / capacity), this just doesn’t only apply to transport of perishables.
And this can happen for some company drivers too. In either case, the implied or articulated threat is along the lines of “if you can’t hack the pace, there are plenty more wanting your job / contract – take it or leave it”. That’s the short version.
So removing the owner diver out of the picture, or dictating what pocket he puts his pay in, is irrelevant – the big retailers and manufacturers are often the source of the dilemma.


Road ahead not clear for owner-operators
R Henry is spot on.
What about Doctors!?


‘Federal tribunal penalises small truckies’
And Fred, this has nothing to do with “people in the NT think they can do anything they like” or “the NT has the highest road fatalities in Australia”. Use your cognitive skills, please.


‘Federal tribunal penalises small truckies’
I can only deduce that neither Fred or Bill know anything about the transport industry, let alone owner driver operators, and I suspect business in general.
At the start of the major push for a National Road Transport regime, I can remember going to trucking industry forums at Puccini’s and the Red Centre Resort in the late 90s, where we were told that the low NT crash rate was the envy of the other States.
And the big difference – we didn’t have log books (a “one size fits all” philosophy, that originated in the US as a result of the impact the improving efficiencies the trucking industry was having on the declining profits of the big Railroad Corporations), imposed on us.
We still don’t have a realistic national regime, but we do now have log books, and over zealous cops and inspectors who can, and do, fine you hundreds of dollars for misspelling the name of a town.
Or not having your seat belt on when your sitting in the cab of your truck, trying to get your keys out of your pocket. Just a hint of many many more true stories.
Owner operators are not all perfect, but they have a lot more to lose for low standards than the “big boys”.
Owner Operators in fact stand to lose everything, while the latter manage to be shielded by all sorts of legislative devices that pass the buck down the chain, and a driver or mechanic or three might lose a job, for following orders.
The TV media, in particular, have not helped the issue. This last week we were subjected to “background footage” of a couple of horrific truck accidents interstate. How many of them involved owner drivers? Certainly one of them was a national fleet operator that was playing Russian Roulette with his employees.
I don’t recall seeing many owner operators responsible for fatals in the NT. Of course, most TV viewers or reporters wouldn’t know the difference – a truck is a truck, and therefore bad. Have you ever heard / seen a news report of a car colliding with a truck? It’s always a truck collided with a car.
Owner operators are not in a position to increase the freight costs you may pay, Bill. They don’t have that option, unless your engaging them personally one to one (where you might manage to negotiate a price – try that with the nationals!) – just as you have little clout if you’re not happy with your bank fees, or tax bill. A different story for those at the other end of the food chain.
While much of the solution in many grass root industries is to be able to make a fair day’s pay in eight hours fair work (something most people growing, producing or transporting the essentials of life can’t), legislating exactly which pocket they put what little income they do receive in, is not at all useful, and in fact counterproductive.
Well qualified and sensible roadworthy / drug etc inspections for all road users is far more useful, providing it is on a level playing field basis.
Remember, bad laws make [some / more] people behave badly.


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