We thought it appropriate to kick off the New Year with a summary of some of the developments in regulations and enforcement to be expected by 2018 relating to truck COR. These are:
Alignment of Truck COR and OHS laws
Regulators will complete an alignment of truck COR and OHS laws. A key change will be to increase dramatically maximum fines for truck COR breaches. Key changes will include
- The introduction of a “primary duty” that applies regardless of whether an incident has occurred
- A requirement that each party in the chain of responsibility for a heavy vehicle must ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of the party’s transport practices relating to the vehicle
- A Risk-based approach to truck compliance * More direct responsibility and liabilities for directors and managers of supply chain parties * For individuals, an increase in maximum penalties from the current $10,000 limit to up to $300,000 and/or up to five years imprisonment
- For companies, an increase in penalties from the current $60,000 limit to up to $3 million per incident
COR laws for Equipment Maintenance
Currently focuses for COR laws include Load Restraint, Mass Management, Dimensions, Fatigue Management and Speeding. This will be extended to require all parties within a supply chain to properly manage the focus of Equipment Maintenance.
Codes of Conduct
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will also allow for the registration of Codes of Conduct by industry sectors, to clarify at a high-level requirements for managing COR within those sectors identified.
Review of the Load Restraint Guide
The current NTC Load Restraint Guide is being reviewed by regulators and a new edition will be issued based on this review.
The NHVR is also moving towards more co-ordinated, consistent enforcement of COR throughout Australia, aided by the introduction of a centralised database to track incident trends, which could lead to more targeted enforcement.
The Bottom Line!
The bottom line is that each party within a supply chain now shares a responsibility for ensuring the compliance of all trucks operating within that supply chain, whether those trucks are operated internally or via an outsourced provider. COR compliance requires far more than simply a bit of training. For YOUR business, this means ensuring that all parties within your supply chain
- Understand their responsibilities for managing COR at an operational level (including the identification and management of all associated risks)
- Are accountable for demonstrating compliance with these responsibilities
This is what the LSS COR System provides to LSS clients. The LSS COR System includes all the tools necessary to for clients to manage truck COR within their supply chains
- An LSS COR Standard clarifying “who must do what” at operational level to manage COR within a supply chain
- Assistance in documenting and implementing COR internal processes required to meet the requirements of the LSS COR Standard
- On-line and classroom COR training
- A web-app – The LSS Inspector – to enable site personnel to complete driver declarations and load inspections via any device connected to the internet, with the ability to escalate incidents for review and for all data to be maintained in a database for filing and management reporting
- An Incident Reporting System to enable any incidents affecting COR compliance to be logged, followed-up and closed off, with all information saved within the system for filing and management reporting
- The LSS COR Compliance Register, through which all internal business units and outsourced providers can self-audit their level of COR compliance
- External COR Audits by a team of dedicated LSS auditors