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Owner-operator truck drivers say new rules will prevent them competing with bigger companies

Mar 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM CST

Owner-operator truck drivers fear they will be unable to compete against major transport companies when new laws force them to charge their clients at or above a new minimum rate.

Trucking companies that employ drivers will not be required to stick with the same minimum rate, meaning they will be allowed to charge clients a lower rate than what owner-operators are forced to charge.

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association national president Kevin Keenan, himself an owner-operator truck driver, said the new regulations would put self-employed truckies at a disadvantage when competing against bigger transport companies.