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As the principle of a driver recruiting business for 10 years, the relationship was the foundation of developing our interest in auditing, compliance and accreditation in the Transport and Logistic sector. As all prospective employees and or contractors undergo mandatory inductions and training as standard practice, we use our training and expertise to manage the process for you.
If you consign, pack, load or receive goods as part of your business, you could be held legally liable for breaches of road transport laws even though you have no direct role in driving or operating a heavy vehicle. In addition, corporate entities, directors, partners and managers are accountable for the actions of people under their control. This is the ‘Chain of Responsibility’ (CoR).
The aim of CoR is to make sure everyone in the supply chain shares equal responsibility for ensuring breaches of road transport laws do not occur. Under CoR laws if you exercise (or have the capability of exercising) control or influence over any transport task, you are part of the supply chain and therefore have a responsibility to ensure road transport laws are complied with.
The law recognises that multiple parties may be responsible for offences committed by the drivers and operators of heavy vehicles. A person may be a party in the supply chain in more than one way. For example they may have duties as the employer, the operator and the consigner of goods.
Legal liability applies to all parties for their actions or inactions.
Any person with an influence and/or control in the transport chain is a ‘party’ and includes, but is not limited to:
Some examples include:
In a prosecution, the courts would consider the actions of each party in the supply chain. This includes what measures those parties have in place to prevent breaches of road transport laws occurring. Each person in the supply chain must take all reasonable steps to ensure a heavy vehicle driver can perform their duties without breaching road transport laws.
NHVR Chain of Responsibility - https://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/chain-of-responsibility
Chain of Responsibility - Early 2018. Download flyer here.