The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recorded that most on-road offences are the result of the unsafe business practices from off-road parties. In the heavy vehicle industry, only 17% of working time lost is due to vehicle crashes and 83% is a result of physical and psychological stress caused from strict time schedules and low levels of job control.
This is where the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) comes in to play. On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) was amended for heavy vehicles. To reduce potential risks and pressures on drivers, every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a responsibility to uphold safety of their transport activities off-road.
It is recommended that all parties in the supply chain have safety management systems and controls in place, to ensure all safety requirements of the CoR legislations are met.
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
All parties that have control or influence over a transport-related activity are responsible for complying with the HVNL — and have a duty to ensure their activity is done safely and in accordance with the law. Responsible parties within the supply chain include an employer of the driver, an operator of the vehicle, a scheduler for the vehicle, a loading manager for any goods in the vehicle, a loader or unloader of a vehicle or any goods in the vehicle and a consignor or consignee of any goods in the vehicle.