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Labour MP launches trucking industry petition

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Darien Fenton
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Wellington, July 23 NZPA - A petition launched by Labour MP Darien Fenton calls for an inquiry into whether there is a link between truck driver remuneration and safety in the road transport industry.

Ms Fenton, the party's transport safety spokeswoman, said a United States study had found the probability of a truck crash fell by 36 percent for every 10 percent increase in wages.

Economic factors were having a direct impact on the death and injury toll in truck-related accidents in New Zealand, she said.

"The current situation, particularly for small business owner drivers, can result in drivers working excessive hours to meet schedules, overloading their trucks and cutting back on vehicle maintenance," she said.

"Far too often, the only control over the situation a truck driver has is to make up time and their rate of pay through unsafe practices."

She said the Government needed to show more interest in the issue.

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