Changes to National Heavy Vehicle Law come into effect on October 1 this year and it is imperative that all MTA members are aware of their obligations in regards to Chain of Responsibility.
Chain of Responsibility has an impact on everyone involved in a supply chain, not just employees who operate a heavy vehicle. As a result, it is critical that all businesses are aware of the approaching changes to NHVL.
Parties in a supply chain must make sure the terms of consignment or work and employment contracts will not result in, encourage, reward or provide an incentive for the driver or other party in the supply chain to break NHVL.
If you have heavy vehicles in your supply chain with a GCM in excess of 4.5 (GVM or ATM) tonnes 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. You can access the guidelines by clicking here. 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).
The parties in the Chain of Responsibility for a heavy vehicle are:
- An employer of a driver
- A prime contractor for a vehicle if the vehicles driver is self-employed
- An operator of the vehicle
- A scheduler for the vehicle
- A loading manager for any goods in the vehicle
- A loader and/or unloader of a vehicle
- A consignor of any goods for transport by the vehicle
- A consignee of any goods in the vehicle
- A seller, repair or lessor of a heavy vehicle.
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