Transport and logistics industry Chain of Responsibility gets starting date.

July 16 2018

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From the 1st October 2018, changes to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws will be implemented within the transport and logistics industry.

Amendments to the laws will make it clear that every part in the supply chain has a duty of care to ensure safe work practices.

Executive officers right down to the driver will have an obligation to eliminate and minimise risks by doing everything reasonable to ensure work practices and transport actives are safe.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Chief Executive Officer stated the future date will allow for some sectors to prepare for the changes which will present a “significant leap forward in recognising everyone in the heavy vehicle supply chain has a role to play in ensuring safety”.

"The reforms complement national workplace safety laws, and place a positive duty-of-care on supply chain parties. Duty holders who assess their risks and manage them will be complying with both the HVNL and workplace safety law.”

The NHVR has conducted over 100 information workshops across the country for consultation and communication with many of the 165,000 businesses which make up the heavy vehicle supply chain.

Some questions were raised concerning some myths and disinformation surrounding the new laws. The NHVR has addressed these issues.

“Although the laws will change, they will still only apply to activities that a person or business has responsibility for and could influence. In other words no one will be liable for breaches they cannot control.”

For example, farmers who contract a heavy vehicle operator:

  • Don’t have to check a driver’s work diary
  • Aren't responsible for the vehicle's roadworthiness
  • Don’t have to check a driver’s licence or registration

“Recent statements such as farmers could be liable if a truck driver is sleepy, exceeds the speed limit on the way to or from a property, or a truck is not roadworthy are simply not true.”

Businesses that utilise freight logistics services need to ensure the chain of responsibility is understood. If you consign, pack, load or receive goods as part of your business, you could be held legally liable for breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

To find out if the new laws will impact your business, please contact us