In our last COR Update we profiled the massive impact of the 2013 Cootes accident on Cootes Transport and its parent company the McAleese Group. We also noted a recent response from the Transport Workers Union to the clearing of the driver involved of dangerous driving charges. Read news article
Since then the driver has been found guilty of two related charges, with the judge in one of the cases involved stating that the driver “should not have been put in a truck” in which 10 of the brake pads were worn through. Read news article
The Cootes incident continues to focus one’s attention on responsibilities for managing COR within a supply chain.
The main issue behind the Cootes accident was one of equipment maintenance. As reported above, a judge involved stated that “the driver should not have been put in a truck in which 10 of the brake pads were worn through”. Equipment maintenance is not yet part of COR law and that is why customers of Cootes Transport at the time have not been drawn into the consequences of this serious incident.
The incident has, however, resulted in authorities fast-tracking the inclusion of equipment maintenance in COR law. When this happens a whole supply chain, and not just the trucking company involved, will be exposed to equipment maintenance issues.
This means that customers of transport businesses will be required to take reasonable steps to (a) check that any transport business they engage has appropriate systems and processes in place to ensure that transport equipment is roadworthy and properly maintained and (b) check on compliance with these systems and procedures.
The LSS COR System includes a section on Equipment Maintenance that addresses these requirements.
The Clear Message – Implement a COR Management System
Whether your business supplies products by road, receive products by road or transports products by road, the message from articles above for any business organising or conducting a road freight task on Australian roads could not clearer – you need to implement a comprehensive compliance management system or face the prospect of severe damage to business continuity, if not viability.
LSS clients have chosen to implement the LSS Compliance Management System throughout their supply chains. This System is designed to ensure that clients and their supply chain participants meet two key tests of compliance management
- That responsibilities for managing COR within these supply chains are clear and understood
- That levels of compliance with these responsibilities are tested and confirmed
For further information, contact LSS