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Minister says – “It’s not just truck drivers who are responsible for road safety”

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator this week released its first series of podcasts and fact sheets for the heavy vehicle supply chain as part of a national effort to boost safety for all road users.

In the press release, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new education material for the heavy vehicle supply chain showed that road safety goes well beyond truck drivers.

"Whether you perform the tasks of a packer, loader, unloader, loading manager or an executive of an organisation that performs these tasks, you have a responsibility for heavy vehicle safety," Mr Chester said.

"There have been cases where poor business practices, delays with loading or incorrectly packing goods has led to pressure on drivers and increased the risk of an incident.

"This new material will help make sure that all parties understand their responsibilities and how to go about preventing breaches of mass, dimension, loading, speed, restraint and fatigue laws.

"The six fact sheets and podcasts are steps towards ensuring all members of the supply chain recognise and fulfill their crucial role in heavy vehicle safety."

The factsheets and podcasts cover common breaches of the law, the responsibilities of anyone who has influence in the supply chain, such as schedulers, packers, managers, providers and low-cost steps to make an operation safer.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said earlier this month more than 60 front-line heavy vehicle operators and key parties in the logistics supply chain met with the NHVR to test proposed standards for compliance with Chain of Responsibility laws.

"These education tools are an important part of NHVR’s Chain of Responsibility education program to be rolled out over the next 18 months,” Mr Petroccitto said.

You can now access the new Chain of Responsibility fact sheets by clicking the links below:

Fact Sheet – 1: It’s everyone’s business
Fact Sheet – 2: Your Responsibilities
Fact Sheet – 3: Managing Fatigue
Fact Sheet – 4: Loads in excess of legal limits
Fact Sheet – 5: Managing Speed
Fact Sheet – 6: Primary duties


CoR and managing fatigue risks
CoR and overloading
CoR and speeding

December 02, 2016 | Posted in: News



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