Know your responsibility under new heavy vehicle laws

chain of responsibility new heavy vehicle laws

Changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) that came into effect on 1 October, 2018,  provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities.

This means businesses who own themselves or contract other heavy vehicle owners or drivers to deliver their produce need to be aware of their obligations to minimise harm or loss by taking steps to prevent, among other things, overloading, poorly-secured loads and driver fatigue.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) advises that in practical terms, this primary duty represents an obligation to eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety.

As a party in the supply chain, the best way to do this is to have safety management systems and controls in place, such as business practices, training, procedures and review processes that:

  • identify, assess, evaluate, and control risk
  • manage compliance with speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standards requirements through identified best practice
  • involve regular reporting, including to executive officers
  • document or record actions taken to manage safety.

CoR and Safety Management Systems Information Sessions

The NHVR is holding more industry information sessions to explain the changes to Chain of Responsibility (CoR), the impact on your business and how a Safety Management System can help you effectively manage your operation’s safety risks.

Queensland – Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains – 15 November, 2018 8am-9am

Victoria – Plaza Tavern, Hoppers Crossing – 20 November, 2018, 1.30pm-2.30pm

New South Wales – Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill – 21 November, 2018, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Further Information

Video recordings of safety presentations are available on the NVHR’s website.

About the Author:

APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.