SOUTH-WEST transport companies are on notice to make sure their trucks comply with regulations, a transport union chief has warned.
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Transport Workers Union Victorian/Tasmanian branch secretary Wayne Mader said with major companies, including Mount Gambier’s Scott’s Transport, coming under fire for exceeding speed limits there was no excuse for fleet trucks not to meet regulatory requirements.

Issues of speed limiters and altering trucks to get around restrictions have become a hot issue in the past two weeks.

The Road Safety Remun­eration Bill is expected to go before Federal Parliament next week and Mr Mader said the issues of safety and rates of pay would be forced onto the public agenda.

“We have been campaigning heavily for this to become a law to take those unnecessary pressures off transport companies and drivers to meet unrealistic schedules,” he said. “There is enormous pressure to drive faster and longer and that’s a key factor in the use of illicit substances and maintenance of fleets.

“It’s no longer good enough for transport companies to threaten drivers who ask questions with the sack.”

Mr Mader said there was enormous pressure exerted on transport companies by major retailers Coles and Woolworths.

“We know that is true but it would be a giant step for companies to openly come out and say that.”

Mr Mater said it was interesting that one Warrnambool-based company was in the process of introducing a 90km/h speed limit for all its trucks.

“There is thought that reducing speed will reduce impact in accidents and therefore reduce serious injuries and deaths,” he said.

However, slower speeds could also have an impact on long-distance drivers’ fatigue and possibly their earning capacity, he added.

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