There has been a bit of “Chain of Responsibility” (COR) action in the last couple of weeks, and one non-COR case relating to a prosecution for a lack of an on-site traffic management plan, that we thought we should include. Here is a summary:
NTC Seeking Feedback on Speeding Deterrents
The National Transport Commission (NTC), which is an inter-governmental agency created to help improve the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia’s road transport system, is seeking feedback on further initiatives to deter heavy vehicle speeding.
According to the NTC “Speed is still a major cause of heavy vehicle crashes and while the majority of drivers do the right thing, we need to ensure there are effective deterrents for the few who are determined to break the law. We also need to keep making sure off-road parties are held to account for putting any undue pressure on drivers to speed. For these reasons, a number of our stakeholders have asked the NTC to find out if there are further ways that the National Heavy Vehicle National Law can work to deter heavy vehicle drivers from speeding.”
Submissions are open until Friday 24 June 2016.
LSS Note – The LSS COR System has a section on truck speeding which addresses the issues raised by the NTC. Refer to Section 8 of the LSS COR Standard.
Farmer Prosecuted for Death from Lack of Site Traffic Plan
In a decision that should concern all supply chain participants operating loading/unloading sites, a potato farm located in Hillston, New South Wales, has been fined $187,500 after a truck driver died in a forklift accident at the farm in December 2013.
Oakville Produce was charged under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 for breach of duty for failing to have a traffic management plan and not offering a forklift adequate visibility at the site.
Truck Safety Blitzes Reveal Compliance Breaches
In early May, in NSW alone, an on-road inspection blitz of 13,806 trucks and trailers by police and RMS resulted in 1,609 equipment maintenance defects and 888 infringements for a range of licence, registration, fatigue, loading and other defects. Also, 321 engine control modules were inspected with 66 found to be non-compliant or tampered with. The inspection blitz will continue throughout May.
LSS Note: The outcomes of this blitz to date raise a number of issues with COR compliance. If your business operates trucks you need to have processes in place to manage and ensure compliance, and to ensure that on-road infringements are reported and acted upon. If your business engages carriers then you need a system to check that these systems are in place (such as the LSS COR System, used by LSS clients).
Driverless Trucks? Our Laws Aren’t Ready
According to a COR Bulletin release dated 12 May, “heavy vehicle drivers who fear losing their jobs to technology – in the form of driverless vehicles – don’t throw way your licences just yet”. This is based on a discussion paper from the National Transport Commission (NTC), that uncovers a number of barriers to increasing vehicle automation – and they’re not all technology-related.
COR Advisor – Discount to LSS System Users
COR Bulletins are part of the COR Advisor service, is a leading publication on developments in COR, written by experts in plain English including partners of Holding Redlich lawyers. LSS now has a collaboration with Holding Redlich lawyers and publisher of COR Advisor, Portner Press, providing users of the LSS COR System with a 20% discount on the annual subscription price for COR Advisor. To access this discount, simply click here: http://pro1.portnerpress.com.au/496046/