Doug Robertson, 21 March 2016

DOZENS of truckies will convoy passed Parliament House on Tuesday to protest the introduction of new transport rates being forced on the industry.

SA Road Transport Association executive director Steve Shearer said up to 30,000 family owner/contractor trucking businesses would face extinction if the mandatory rates are introduced as expected on April 4.

The protest will leave Port Rd at 1.30pm and travel along North Tce, to Parliament House.

Mr Shearer said it was the first time in its 108-year existence that the association would stage such a public protest but many family owner/contractors believed the higher per-hour and per-kilometre rates would force them out of business.

The Federal Government’s Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, an independent national tribunal, has set the new rates to improve road safety.

“The premise that this is all about making roads safer by paying the small recalcitrant minority (of owner/drivers) in this great industry more per hour is just farcical,’’ Mr Shearer said.

After the convoy passes, industry officials will conduct a meeting from the Parliament House steps.

Extracted in full from the Adelaide Advertiser.