How to comply with the new Chain of Responsibility legislation and avoid tough penalities

Have you reviewed your fleet safety procedures recently to ensure they comply with the new Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation?

If not, your business could be at risk of tougher new penalties.

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What is CoR?

While Chain of Responsibility legislation has been around for a while, its powers were widened in 2018 to better recognise that every person involved in a supply chain is responsible for the safety of the business’ transport activities.

In effect, the changes to CoR switch the focus from a reactive to a more proactive need for everyone in your chain to manage safety.

This means that every time your business transports goods using a heavy vehicle (of more than 4.5 tonnes) everyone, not just the driver, involved in the management and operation of that vehicle is now part of the chain and have a shared responsibility to prevent injuries and breaches of the law.

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CoR criteria

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Under the CoR legislation, all Australian companies operating heavy vehicles need to comply with four key areas.

  • Fatigue: ensuring drivers don’t work excessive hours and take breaks when needed
  • Mass: ensuring loads do not exceed a vehicles’ mass and configuration limits
  • Vehicle standards: ensuring vehicles are maintained and are roadworthy at all times
  • Speed: ensuring vehicles and drivers do not exceed the speed limits

Tougher penalties for Chain of Responsibility breaches 

The risk of prosecution for a breach of safety protocol is also no longer dependent on a road offence actually taking place. Now, prosecutors only need to establish that your business, or someone within it, hasn’t taken adequate precautions to avoid a foreseeable risk for charges to be laid against all those responsible in the chain.

Even with the best safety practices in place, accidents can still occur. For those who had control or influence (either direct or indirectly) over any part of the supply chain at the time, the updated penalties could see individuals face up to five years in prison and a $300,000 fine, while companies could be fined as much as $3 million.

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CoR monitoring to avoid tough penalities

In the event that something unthinkable happens, it’s vital you can show you’ve done everything reasonably practical to prevent a breach of the CoR legislation. 

The Heavy Vehicle National Regulator recommends that safety management should include regular reporting, including to executive officers, and should involve documenting or recording all actions taken to manage safety. In the case of a prosecution, each party in the chain needs to show they’ve taken every reasonable step to prevent a breach of the law. 

Software is a key pillar in automating the process of managing your Chain of Responsibility obligations.

Good systems and accurate data make for a safer, compliant fleet

Data helps provide a deep understanding of your business to not only give you peace of mind that it is performing as it should, but also that it is operating as safely and as compliant as possible.

EROAD’s comprehensive suite of telematics solutions help you proactively manage the safety of your fleet with the right tools, big data and insights to create a ‘safety-first’ culture at the same time as driving efficiencies within your business.

It helps help manage CoR by providing you with accurate, reliable data on your vehicle network, and your partners' activities, to not only help you proactively manage compliance, but to also better understand your operations and help run your business more efficiently.

This includes:

Enhance driver behaviour
Connecting drivers with vehicles
Provide advanced in cab
Reduce Speeding violations
Prevent fatigued driving
Ensure responsibile loading
Improve vehicle safety
Full visibility across the Supply Chain
Advanced driver analytics

Want to see how EROAD can get you on the road to Chain of Responsibility compliance?
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