New Road Safety Remuneration Order

 Monday, May 05, 2014

On 17 December 2013 the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal made its first road safety remuneration order - ‘The Road Transport and Distribution and Long Distance Operations Road Safety Remuneration Order 2014’ (the ‘RSR Order’).

The RSR Order takes effect from 1 May 2014 and will have significant implications for all businesses operating in the long distance road transport industry and the road transport industry generally relating to transfer of goods destined for sale or hire by a supermarket chain.

Despite the reference to remuneration, the RSR Order does not deal with rates of pay. It does however impose a variety of obligations including:

  • Written ‘driver’ employment contracts;
  • Supply chain contracts;
  • Safe Driving Plans;
  • WHS training;
  • Drug & Alcohol policies;
  • Drug & Alcohol training;
  • Terms of payment;
  • Record keeping requirements; and
  • ‘Whistleblower’ protections.

For further information as to whether the RSR Order applies to your business and if so, what steps you should take, please contact Skye Engwerda on (03) 5480 6344 or by email skyee@colegal.com.au