Changes to Heavy Vehicle Chain of Responsibility (CoR) Laws

Under the National Heavy Vehicle Law (NHVL) a heavy vehicle is defined as a vehicle that:

(1)For the purposes of this Law, a vehicle is a heavy vehicle if it has a GVM or ATM of more than 4.5t.(2)Also, for the purposes of this Law other than in relation to registration under this Law, a combination that includes a vehicle with a GVM or ATM of more than 4.5t is a heavy vehicle.

This means if you play a role in the supply chain which deals with or operates heavy vehicles then the new CoR Laws apply to you and your organisation.

A person who is a party in the chain of responsibility includes, but is not limited to:

  • corporations, partnerships, unincorporated associations or other bodies corporate
  • employers and company directors
  • prime contractors of drivers
  • the operator of a vehicle
  • schedulers of goods or passengers for transport in or on a vehicle, and the scheduler of its driver
  • consignors/consignees/receivers of the goods for transport
  • loaders/unloaders of goods
  • loading managers (the person who supervises loading/unloading, or manages the premises where this occurs).

Now is your opportunity to ensure that your documentation, systems and processes are in place to include systems of work, risk identification and management and roles and responsibilities regarding heavy vehicles as well as training your staff.

A gap assessment tool is available on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) web site (cor-gap-assessment) and additional information regarding parties within the supply chain and their responsibilities (about-the-chain-of-responsibility).

If you need assistance with updating your current documentation and systems to meet these new requirements, please get in touch with me today.

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