CoR Ignorance A Problem after 2 Decades

The question we should be asking ourselves is, why is Chain of Responsibility ignorance so common almost 2 decades after it’s introduction?

While there are many operators and customers that have progressed in terms of chain of responsibility, a wide survey of trucking operators and customers show that 1 in 5 still do not have adequate Chain of Responsibility training for managers.

The survey was conducted for the National Heavy Regulator, and surveyed 800 transport and logistics supply chain businesses.

The full report into the survey will be published soon, as part of the NHVR’s program to improve CoR education and awareness for everyone from the larger companies to individuals in the supply chain.

We can also look forward to improved provisions in the law, to come into effect in the first half of 2018. The laws will make investigations and prosecutions of chain of responsibility easier. The benefit is that instead of waiting for accidents to occur, unsafe practices can be targeted in advance.

The industry itself has been calling for better education and tougher enforcement for over 2 decades- when the COR was first implemented.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto stated in an interview with Owner/Driver,

“I’m hoping that what industry will see over the next couple of years is that in a very short period of time we’ve probably been able to get to a level where many in the industry have been hoping would have been achieved earlier on.”


Petroccitto was asked about the contentious issue of waiting, with many in the trucking industry calling for customers to pay for driver’s waiting time. He explained,

“Look that’s a difficult one in terms of compulsory paid time,” he responded. “What we have been doing is spending a lot of time going out and talking to a number of the large distribution centres, across the board.

“We know that queues are an issue in a number of areas, whether it’s a receiving point for grain, or it might be at a port or it might be at a DC. Really it’s been about I suppose lifting their understanding and awareness of their obligations.”

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