On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law will be amended to provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities.
What is Chain of Responsibility?
The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) was introduced in 2014 everywhere except NT and WA.
The law is designed to protect the rights and safety of those involved in a supply chain.
From 1st October 2018, changes to the current Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation will be introduced in all states and territories of Australia, excluding Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
The aim of CoR is to make sure everyone in the supply chain shares responsibility for ensuring breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law do not occur. Under CoR laws if you are a party in the chain of responsibility and you control or influence any transport task (or have the capacity to do so), you have a responsibility to ensure the Heavy Vehicle National Law is complied with.
CoR legislation encompasses the key areas of fatigue, speed, load/mass dimensions, vehicle standards and maintenance.
Why are changes to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation important?
Under the current laws, the responsibility of compliance is focused on specific activities and outcomes, such as speeding or driving whilst fatigued.
The updates due to take effect on the 1st of October will become more risk-based, and place the responsibility on individuals making decisions within the chain, including company executives.
Significantly increased penalties for those individuals or businesses found to be in breach will apply, as well as authority for “spot checks” on businesses to be conducted to ensure compliance.
COR Health Check
NTI Insurance has worked with industry experts to develop a CoR Health-check, as well as a range of risk tools and templates to help businesses of all sizes understand their compliance obligations, support safer drivers, safer vehicles and stronger businesses.
Truck Insurance Brokers encourage our transport clients to undertake the CoR Health-Check.
It’s important to note that the assessment tool (COR Health-Check) is guide only and does not replace the relevant legal advice. It does not tell a business owner whether they are compliant or not, rather, gives important insights into safety and risk and how their business fares.