“Our fuel is up to 50 or 60 percent of our costs, and they’ve stuck us out to dry so we’ve decided to come for a drive into the city to show them we need this done,” said Victorian Tippers United Treasurer Ricky Woolcock, who is driving in the convoy.
VTU secretary and owner-driver Luke McCrone said he’d like to see a fuel levy on a base rate of $1.65 per litre pegged to fuel usage of 100 litres per day for a tandem, 400 litres for a truck and trailer and 450 litres for a quad.
That means if the current diesel price is $2.35 per litre, a tandem driver would receive an extra $70 per day from the levy, being the difference between $2.35 and $1.65 multiplied by 100 (litres).
The Herald Sun reported that the Victorian Transport Industry Council has already recommended increases of between 5 and 6 percent for drivers’ hourly rates.
A Victorian government spokesman said indicative rates for owner-drivers, including minimum rates for tip-truck drivers on government projects, were increased in April.
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