Expansion of COR to Include Livestock Preparation

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The National Transport Commission (NTC) is currently reviewing the treatment of effluent loss in livestock transport as a ‘load restraint’ breach under Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and state road laws.

The NTC’s review comes in response to a request from Queensland Parliament’s Transport and Utilities Committee because of a lack of clarity about the application of HVNL chain of responsibility (COR) duties to effluent control and unavoidable, minor effluent spills being subject to compliance action.

As part of the review, the NTC noted that livestock release bodily fluids and cannot be completely contained, making livestock transport unlike the transport of other types of cargo.

The performance standards are being strictly interpreted and applied to include small or minor spills that pose no safety or environmental issue as evidence of a load restraint breach, leading to fines and court notices under the HVNL and state road laws.

Read more at https://www.fullyloaded.com.au/industry-news/1806/effluent-spillage-rules-the-focus-of-ntc-review