Truckers rally against a big rise in costs

COFFS Coast truckies have had enough of bad working conditions, with some joining nationwide strike action against low pay rates, back loading and soaring registration costs.

A number of truckies parked their rigs along the Pacific Highway at Bonville yesterday in support of the Australian Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association (ALDODA) fortnight-long protest against bad working conditions.

The action has major retailers stockpiling fruit and vegetables and other perishables in the fear they may run out of supply for the public.

Owner of G & P Interstate Transport, Paul Seccombe, said the rally yesterday was a peaceful one, designed to make people aware of how difficult it was becoming to survive in the trucking industry.

He said while they were not committing to stay off the roads for the whole two weeks, he did say it would be beneficial to the industry if everyone did so.

“Trucks carry everything we use, from bread and milk to spare parts - more or less if trucks stop, Australia stops. With diesel prices and registration costs, it's really hard to make a profit. Plus, log book laws and lack of parking bays mean truckies are driving when they're tired - we're forever in the red.”

Queensland President of ALDODA, Lyn Bennets, said yesterday the action was needed to make sure truck drivers had safe working conditions.

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