Anyone that drives a truck, owns a truck, puts freight on a truck, loads or unloads a truck or manages anything to do with trucks should make it a priority to attend an information session in Emerald about changes to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws.
Central Highlands Regional Council is supporting the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to promote the information sessions because of the substantial reliance on heavy vehicles for freight grain and livestock transport in the region.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the reforms are a significant step forward in recognising that everyone in the supply chain has a role to play in ensuring heavy vehicle safety.
‘The new laws make it clear the responsibility of duty holders to understand and assess their risks, and ensure they are complying with the law,’ he said.
Under CoR, everyone that has control or influence over the transport task are deemed responsible for complying with and for breaches of these laws. All parties must take reasonable steps to prevent breaches of mass, dimension, loading, speed and fatigue laws. In 2018, this will expand to include vehicle standards and maintenance.
According to the NHVR, the information session will help build business capability to identify risks associated with transport activities and understand how safety management systems can assist to manage that risk and comply with obligations under the legislation.
The Emerald session will be held at the McIndoe Function Centre in Opal Street, Emerald on 21 November 2017 from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm. Attendees must register online.