CoR Compliance Email Update – 2nd October 2015
Welcome to your weekly CoR Compliance Email Update! This Newsletter 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
Colbert Manslaughter Verdict a Delegation Warning
The Colbert Transport case underlines that vehicle maintenance responsibility stays with company owners, managers and directors despite delegation of such work to mechanics, Holding Redlich partner and transport lawyer Danella Wilmshurst warns.
Next steps towards electronic work diaries
THE National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has set out the next steps for industry uptake of Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs).
ATA to Investigate Lengthy Payment Terms afflicting Trucking Operators
State-based member organisations expressed unanimous concerns about freight customers reportedly extending their payment terms to up to 120 days after a transport service is completed.
Staged Approach to COR Reform not Popular with Jurisdictions
Planned changes to chain of responsibility law should be delivered in one package, Queensland and Victoria have told the National Transport Commission (NTC).
MC Licences now Needed for NSW Low-Loader Combinations
NSW-based drivers of dolly and low loader combination vehicles will need to hold a multi-combination licence from today.
Compliant Trucking Firms are finding it Harder to survive
Compliance costs and shrinking margins are pushing some transport businesses to dangerously cut corners, Road Freight NSW has warned.
Man dies at Peak Crossing helping mate find job site
A Gatton man has been killed in a freak accident in which his car was crushed by an overturned truck.
Truck Driver wears most of the Blame for Fatal Crash
A truck driver was put through the legal wringer after freight fell from a rig he was driving and killed someone, while the company responsible for loading the vehicle received a small fine.
Costly Hangover for Kimberley Ports Welder
A Broome-based welder who was fired after recording a positive alcohol reading at work has had his unfair dismissal claim thrown out.
Three Dead in 24 Hours on QLD Roads
Three men are dead and another two are fighting for life after south-east Queensland was hit by four road accidents in only 24 hours.
Weekly CoR implementation tip
Does your organisation have the Work Health and Safety Sub-Policies?
There are sub-policies that sit under and support the WHS policy in ensuring a safe and healthy working environment, including:
- Drugs and Alcohol Policy
- Fatigue Management Policy
- Speed Management Policy
- Load Management Policy.
The Drugs and Alcohol Policy sets out:
- a commitment to providing a workplace that is free from risks arising from the misuse or influence of drugs and alcohol and where all workers are in a fit state to perform their work
- a strategy to achieve this, for example, acceptable blood alcohol content and testing requirements
- general responsibilities for the employer, managers and employees to ensure employees are fit for work
The Fatigue Management Policy sets out:
- a commitment to ensure a safe and healthy workplace where employees are fit for work and not impaired by fatigue
- a strategy to achieve this, for example, the Fatigue Risk Management Framework
- general responsibilities for the employer, managers and employees for fatigue management
The Speed Management Policy sets out:
- a commitment to providing a workplace that does not require, encourage or reward heavy vehicle driver speeding
- a strategy to achieve this, for example, speed limiters and trip records
- general responsibilities for the employer, managers and employees for speed management
The Load Management Policy sets out:
- a commitment to safe loading practices, including load restraint, and mass and dimension
- a strategy to achieve this, for example, adhering to the Load Restraint Guide and regulations
- general responsibilities for the employer, managers and employees for safe loading practices
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