Chain of Responsibility
Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation extends the general liability for offenses to road freight consignors, receivers, packers and loaders. CoR legislation ensures that not only the truck drivers and operators are investigated but they can also investigate along the supply chain and up and down the corporate chain of command. The saying ‘all care and no responsibility’ no longer applies.
The Chain of Responsibility (CoR) awareness course offered by Rojill Consulting helps participants understand the Commonwealth legislation which extends the general liability for offences to road freight consignors, receivers, packers and loaders.
- What CoR means
- What CoR means from the National Transport Commission (NTC) perspective
- What CoR means from the various State Road Authorities perspective (e.g. RTA, VicRoads, Queensland Transport and SA Transport)
- What CoR means from WorkCover authorities’ perspective
- The importance of a compliance management system
- How to implement a CoR system in your organisation
- Any other company specific information required
Who is responsible?
Drivers and operators have traditionally been the focus of road laws – including those covering driving hours and fatigue management. However, breaches are often caused by the actions of others. The Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue reform requires all parties in the supply chain to manage the causes of heavy vehicle driver fatigue.
Under these laws, everyone in the supply chain, not just the driver, will have responsibilities to prevent driver fatigue and ensure drivers are able to comply with the legal work/rest hours. If your actions, inactions or demands cause or contribute to road safety breaches then you can be held legally accountable.
Who are the parties in the supply chain?
Parties in the ‘Chain of Responsibility’ (in addition to the driver) include:
the employer of a driver
the prime contractor of a driver
the operator of a vehicle
the scheduler of goods or passengers for transport by the vehicle and also the scheduler of its driver
both the consignor and consignee of the goods transported by the vehicle
the loading manager i.e. the person who supervises loading or unloading or manages premises where regular loading or unloading occurs and
the loader and unloader of the goods carried by the vehicle.
Taking reasonable steps
Under the new laws, everyone in the supply chain must take ‘reasonable steps’ to prevent driver fatigue and ensure a driver does not drive a heavy vehicle while impaired by fatigue – an approach consistent with existing Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) laws.