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CoR Compliance Email Update – 10th April 2015

Welcome to your weekly CoR Compliance Email Update! This update will help you to keep up to date with the Chain of Responsibility laws that govern the transport and logistics industry.

Industry and legislation updates

NHVR scorecard ticks the right boxes for industry

The NHVR released its first quarterly performance scorecard at the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) national conference, highlighting the hard work of the Regulator and its stakeholders in delivering for industry.

Tasmania commences national fatigue laws

Fatigue provisions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law commenced in Tasmania on Monday 30 March 2015. The implementation will see changes to work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and the management of driver fatigue.

Western Australia introduces Chain of Responsibility provisions

The introduction of ‘Chain of Responsibility’ provisions into road transport law will be a milestone moment for road safety in Western Australia. Chain of Responsibility’ legislation will be introduced into WA law on 27 April 2015.

Industry calls for uniform roadworthiness rules

Any changes to the heavy vehicle roadworthiness system must lead to uniform roadworthiness rules and enforcement, the Chief Executive of the Australian Trucking Association, Chris Melham said.

Industry welcomes new heavy vehicle safety projects

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of $200 million in heavy vehicle infrastructure funding through the latest round of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

ALC Forum Throws down Policy Challenges to Government

Senior logistics leaders speaking at the 2015 ALC Forum have challenged governments to ensure their policies support, not hinder, industry efforts to improve supply chain efficiency.

Cootes now one of the safest operators on the road, Duncan Gay says

The trucking company involved in the fatal Mona Vale crash and rife with vehicle defects less than two years ago is now one of the safest outfits on the road, New South Wales roads minister Duncan Gay says.

Victoria Police to beef up COR skills

VicPol acknowledges there is room for improvement when it comes to its chain of responsibility prosecutions.

News updates

Fatal Heavy Vehicle Crashes—Quarterly Bulletins

Latest statistics showed that 213 Australians died in crashes involving heavy vehicles in the past 12 months.

Driver dies in two-truck crash near Gympie

One man was killed and another injured in a highway collision between two trucks north-west of Gympie.

Carrington sting leads to a dozen heavy vehicle charges

Ten truck drivers have been charged with heavy vehicle offences after a police and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) operation in Carrington.

Driving instructor allegedly signed off heavy vehicle licence tests without checking students properly

A driving instructor has faced an Adelaide court accused of signing off students without properly testing their skills.

Diesel spill following truck accident

IPSWICH City Council was called in to clean up an oil spill yesterday after a truck crashed at Redbank Plains.

Monash Freeway closed inbound after truck crash

Victoria Police is appealing for witnesses to the truck crash which closed the Monash Freeway in both directions.

Training industry updates

Consistency in rail specific training to save industry millions

The rail industry’s peak body, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), launched the National Track Safety Induction (NTSI) courseware at the RISSB Rail Safety Conference in Melbourne.

Transport & Logistics Training Package Update

The review of competency standards in the Road Transport sector is now in top gear, as TLISC continues to meet with key stakeholders to look more closely at a number of the ‘Driver’ qualifications.

New Standards to come into effect this week

The Standards for RTOs 2015 will be fully implemented from 1 April 2015 for existing RTOs.

Weekly CoR implementation tip

Does your organisation have a Chain of Responsibility Policy?

It is important for every organisation that is part of the chain of responsibility, to have a clear, articulated commitment to chain of responsibility that provides clear direction for employees. This is best achieved through a specific CoR Policy.

Use the checklist below as a guide to develop or validate your CoR Policy:

  • a commitment statement to chain of responsibility legislation and responsibilities
  • a strategy to achieve this, for example, adopting a proactive risk management approach to CoR
  • an outline of the general responsibilities for each member of the chain of responsibility within the organisation

If you have subscribed to our full access subscription, you have access to the full suite of CoR Framework templates consisting of 59 policies, procedures and tools that are ready to implement into your workplace. If you would like to upgrade your subscription, just call us on 1300 362 226.

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We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with your CoR compliance initiatives.

Kind regards,

Steven Asnicar

CoR Australia