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
New penalties are now in force in Queensland for people caught using their mobile phone while driving. The Queensland Government says offenders busted more than twice in one year using their phones will receive double demerit points and a $353 fine. Leaner drivers or those on provisional plats will lose their licence.
Companies high up the supply chain will try and dump all responsibilities for on-road compliance on trucking operators, according to a specialist transport lawyer, prompting a warning to the industry to pay close attention when signing contracts.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is targeting industry maintenance standards and safety at two-day auditor training program currently underway in Adelaide.
Trucking operators and drivers hoping that proposed changes to chain of responsibility will mean an easier time from authorities’ better think again.
A spate of vehicle-related deaths and injuries in Western Australian workplaces has spurred WorkSafe in that state to highlight the issue.
The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) recently proposed minimum hourly and kilometre rates for contractors that will vary based on the model of truck and trailer being used.
A truck driver in Tasmania has been shown the door after refusing to follow an order to load his rig and deliver it to the west coast of the state.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officers have completed a campaign focusing on the transportation of dangerous goods in Newcastle. The two-day operation, completed yesterday (Wednesday, September 2, 2015), conducted 28 inspections and found two vehicles in major breach.
A Truck driver has been charged over the accident which killed three Aurizon workers near Stanwell last year. The driver appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
The highway had been closed for emergency and transport services to clean up the area following the substantial diesel leak at the scene. The crash claimed the life of a 62-year-old Goondiwindi man.
A Driver had a lucky escape after their car was sideswiped by a truck on a busy Brisbane motorway.
Weekly CoR implementation tip
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The purpose of a Code of Conduct Policy is to set out the standard of professional and personal behaviour expected of employees in the workplace.
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- a summary of the core values that underpin the Code of Conduct;
- an explanation of the behaviours required to embrace the core values;
- 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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