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
Starting on 1 August 2016 the NHVR is conducting the largest ever health-check on the mechanical condition of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.
The Victorian government has started speed trials along Monash Freeway that will allow heavy vehicle speed limits to change in response to road conditions. The Monash Speed Trial will operate on a section of the freeway, between High Street in Ashburton and Glenferrie Road in Toorak.
The debate on truck fatalities has gained another shot of facts with the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) releasing its Road trauma involving heavy vehicles, 2015 statistical summary report. The bottom line is that between 1989 and 2015, articulated truck fatalities fell from 335 to 114.
For heavy rigid, with figures only available from 2004, the fall is 108 to 80.
Rebadged skills and training body Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is seeking industry involvement in a fatigue management initiative. AIS is developing units of competency to meet the fatigue management accreditation requirements of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
NSW roads and freight minister Duncan Gay’s announcement of the introduction of the Driver Licence Check validation service has met with industry approval, with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and the Livestock and Bulk Carriers (LBCA) stating that the new service will improve transparency and efficiency across the state.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has replaced existing permit-based schemes with a new oversize and over mass (OSOM) notice scheme across Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Queensland, effective yesterday.
The South Australian government is working to lift Heavy Vehicle National Law roadworthy compliance rates to at least 94 percent in metropolitan areas.
A safety audit operation at a Sydney bus company by NSW Police Force Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Maritime Services has located major defects on nine buses, NSW Police says.
TRUCK drivers are tampering with speed limiters because of their employers’ unrealistic work pressures. That was the Transport Workers’ Union response to the National Transport Commission recommending heavy vehicles be immediately banned from the road if caught travelling 15kmh or more over the speed limit.
Western Australian fuel distributor South East Petroleum (SEP) has extolled the virtues of repair and maintenance (R&M) agreements.
Authorities have confirmed the truck driver, the train driver, a conductor and 16 passengers were injured in the smash. The 41-year-old male truck driver was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital in a critical condition.
Weekly CoR implementation tip
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- a summary of key responsibilities for all employees
- an explanation of disciplinary action undertaken if the code of conduct is breached
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