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First Road Safety Remuneration Order causes mixed reaction

The RSRO has been met with mixed reactions from the transport industry with some claiming the red tape will be yet another burden on an already fragile industry by adding a new layer of regulation and adding more paperwork for drivers who will need to have written contracts and safe work plans .

The RSRO will apply for a four year period from May 1, 2014 till it expires on 30 April 2018 and will result in significant changes across the transport sector for employee and contract drivers.

However, it doesn’t cover short-distance work unless undertaken for a supermarket chain but if you are a long distance driver then you will be affected

The RSRO sets out several new mandatory requirements including:

  • payment time within 30 days of a received invoice for contractor drivers;
  • written contracts for road transport drivers, which may be in an electronic format;
  • contracts between supply chain participants;
  • safe driving plans for drivers undertaking long distance operations using a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 4.5 tonnes;
  • training in work health and safety;
  • drug and alcohol policies; and
  • dispute resolution and adverse conduct protection.


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