NHVR reinforces COR strengthening message to supply chain

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Video released as Petroccitto underlines compliance desire as new rules loom

Sal Petroccitto says it’s time to be proactive in managing risks

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has upped the ante on the 165,000 companies that make up Australia’s supply chains who will be required to take steps to deliver a safer road transport industry under new laws coming in mid-2018.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto will release the latest round of Chain of Responsibility information for 10 key supply chain roles tomorow.

“We’ve now delivered more than 30 information forums across Australia and I’m pleased to see many companies in the supply chain undertaking their role in safety and taking practical steps to ensure they meet the new laws from mid-2018,” Petroccitto will tell  South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) conference.

“Today we’ve released 10 fact sheets which cover information for roles such as consignees, consignors, loaders, packers, schedulers, executives and employers.

“Whatever the role in the heavy vehicle supply chain, it’s time to be proactive in managing risks to ensure safe transport operations are part of everyday business.”

The NHVR information packs and forums will make it easier for duty holders to understand and assess their risks, and know whether they are complying with the current law and prepare for changes, the organisation says.

The changes include the replacement of existing prescriptive obligations to reduce red tape and better apply risk management processes to focus on safety outcomes.

Petroccitto says companies that were unable to attend a forum can also view a new video outlining the changes.

“There were 213 deaths from 191 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses in 2016. I am determined to see that number continue to fall and make heavy vehicle safety everyone’s business,” he said.

“Although the changes are a year away, it’s time for businesses across the heavy vehicle supply chain to prepare.

“Earlier this year, we released our guidelines for Industry Codes of Practice, and a Chain of Responsibility checklist as part of a national effort to boost safety for all road users.”

In the video titled New Chain of Responsibility Laws are coming in mid 2018, NHVR chain of responsibility regulatory compliance manager Michael Crellin indicates that a shortfall in companies’ safety systems will be the entry point for NHVR under its wider COR investigatory powers.

“It’s a focus on the business practices and the systems controls that are in place,” Crellin says.

“That means that my investigators won’t need to have a substantive offence, there won’t need to be an incident or an offence that suggest we should commence a COR investigation.

“We can simply go and have a look at the system and do one of two things: assure ourselves that the system is functional and effective, or detect that it is not.”

Penalties for a breach of safety duties begins at $50,000 for an individual and $500,000 for a corporation, double that if there is a risk of injury or death and, with recklessness involved, five years imprisonment and or $300,000 in fines can apply for individuals, while corporations face up to $3 million in fines.  

The new fact sheets and videos are available at www.nhvr.gov.au/cor

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