With the election result now done and dusted we will suffer three more years of ‘Hard Labor’ as a result the trucking industry is in for a battle to survive with the pending reforms that have been bandied around by the NTC and others.
The push to implement the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) will now take on a life of its own and with that all the linked reforms such as Distance Mass Location Charging, Speed, Driving Hours monitoring and even higher registrations will become a reality as bureaucracy and the ‘Greens’ target trucking with vengeance.
It won’t matter in which State you operate the long arm of the National Regulator will touch everyone in the trucking industry and most of it will not be for the greater good, there will be many that will dispute my prediction however time will bear out my concerns as we buckle under rules and regulations that will be driven from the ‘Big End of Town’, the small operators will not be in the loop when it comes to having a say on what works and what doesn’t.
Because of the nature of the new Government and its precarious hold on power the bureaucracy will be even more powerful than before, the trouble with that is their view that Australia can survive without trucks will not see a sympatric administration of our industry, mark my words the attacks will now come thick and fast.
My advice is for everyone to consolidate and move into a holding pattern, don’t upgrade or attempt expansion; the survivors at the end of this dark period will be able to build a good and sustainable business.
The NRFA is very disappointed with the lack of support for the Red Ribbon Campaign, however it has reinforced our believe that this industry is not ready to apply the political clout it has at its disposal, and as such the good people in road transport will pay the price for the inaction of the idiots that are in our ranks.
During the Shutdown of 2008 I tried to head off the higher registrations, new fatigue reforms, the eroding of the hard won benefits, no one believed me at the time, now the same people who didn’t support the shutdown are crying that we have to shutdown, sorry don’t ring me I did my best and you let the side down, the Red Ribbon Campaign was designed to see if another shutdown was possible I’m sorry to say that the lack of visual support confirms that the trucking industry will never stand as one.