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Truckies Demand Fair Allowance

A recent determination by the ATO has SLASHED the amount long-distance drivers can claim for reasonable travel expenses.

As of July 1, 2017, drivers have 43% less in their overnight allowance, before they NEED to be able to show proof of their purchases.

Life out on the road means drivers purchase up to 3 meals a day.

This reduction may have drivers skipping meal breaks which will add to fatigue and increased stress. 

This move by the Australian Tax Office has the potential of heaping more pressure on transport operators and drivers, who are already operating under tight margins.

As well as the added pressure of having to keep a track of their receipts on top of the amount of paperwork already required from a truck driver.

What is worse is that this decision was made without any prior discussion or consultation from stakeholder groups that this decision effects.

This includes truck drivers, small business/ truck-stop operators and transport employers.

This decision shows just how out of touch the Australian Tax Office has with the working people of this country. 

You can support the truck drivers of Australia by signing this petition to the ATO to reverse this decision.

Or as a truck driver or small business owner, you can download a copy of the relevant letter and send it to your local MP stand up for long distance driver’s entitlements.

I AM A TRUCK DRIVER                                                   I AM A TRUCK STOP OWNER

You can follow this link to find your local MP, sign the letter and email them.

Or fill in the form below and the TWU will submit on your behalf. Please make sure you fill in your postcode so we know who your local MP is.

Show your MP that you stand with truck drivers

Please contact my local MP on my behalf

By submitting this form you consent to the TWU WA sending the relevant letter to your local Member of Parliament on your behalf. This letter pertains to the recent determination by the ATO that truckies should be entitled to a fair overnight allowance of $97.40 and not the proposed 43% reduction in allowance.

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