The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator announces changes to Chain of Responsibility

All CCAA members should be aware that from 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) 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. 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. 

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has advised that 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; and
  • Document or record actions taken to manage safety.

The NHVR has a range of information resources, templates and forums to explain the changes to CoR, the impact on your business and how a Safety Management System can help you effectively manage your operation’s safety risks. Such resources include:

  • A CoR Gap Assessment Tool to help you examine your business practices and systems controls against known risks and recognised best practice. Depending on your responses, each assessment will take between 5 and 15 minutes to complete;
  • Details on information sessions being held across the country;
  • A set of Frequently Asked Questions about Chain of Responsibility (CoR); and
  • A range of other materials, including videos, podcasts and checklists here.

The NHVR also has a call centre should you wish to make contact 1300 696 487.