Chain of Responsibility laws

In mid-2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended so 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. These obligations are commonly referred to as the Chain of Responsibility (CoR). 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
  • document or record actions taken to manage safety.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has developed a number of resources to help explain how these changes will affect your business. 

NHVR has explained what primary producers need to do in this fact sheet, Primary producers and heavy vehicle safety.

Other information is available at the NHVR website.

Updated February 2018


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