Why is the Chain of Responsibility?

Did you know 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 (HVNL) even though you have no direct role in driving or operating a heavy vehicle?

In addition, corporate entities, directors, partners and managers are accountable for the actions of people under their control. This is the ‘chain of responsibility’ (CoR).

Source: National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

All parties in the road transport supply chain have specific obligations under the law to prevent a breach. It is called the CoR and it requires every responsible person in the supply chain to take positive steps to prevent mass, load restraint, dimension, and fatigue and speed offences.

A range of penalties (for example, warnings, improvement notices and prohibition orders) give courts greater enforcement measures for penalising offences.

They also help to prevent, persuade and target the causes of breaches to ensure a culture of compliance within the heavy vehicle industry.

Breaches of CoR can be both administrative and court imposed and can be tailored to address specific types of offences. For example, the legislation distinguishes between first time offenders and systemic offenders, with more serious sanctions for those responsible persons that persistently break the law.

Source: Roads & Maritime Serviced website

How we can help with your CoR responsibilities

Our specialist “Boots on the Ground” Load safety consultants can help you choose from range of products that will keep your workers and safely on the ground when loading plus keep your loads secure when they are on the road.

What do do next?

Call us on 1300 306 754 or email for an obligation-free discussion on how we can help make your workplace safe with our Boots on the Ground range.