Making Corporates and Directors Liable

A submission by the Australian Trucking Association has called for corporate officers and directors to be personally liable under the Heavy Vehicle National Law for exercising due diligence. The submission to the National Transport Commission’s executive officer liability review is aimed at making these officers liable in any failure to prevent 34 specific safety critical offences.     “Governments agreed last year to...

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Building the Ramparts

Watching the antics on TV dramas like Game of Thrones and Vikings should inspire the trucking industry in its next moves, politically. The bloody battle is won, for now. The opposition has retreated, but will refresh itself and prepare for a new assault, sometime in the future, but we don’t know when.   What would our brave swordsmen and swordswomen do after the victory? They repair the defences, build up the ramparts to secure...

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Where’s the Link?

Events in the NSW Courts this week are providing plenty of material for the general media’s ‘evil truckies driving monster trucks’ brigade. Watching the coverage in newspapers and on TV is like watching a car crash in slow motion, it gives you a sinking feeling and you know nothing good is going to come of it.   This all refers back to the horrific Mona Vale tanker crash in 2013, an incident which has still not...

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A Chain of Consequences

Another outcome from the meeting of Transport Ministers, at the beginning of the month, is changes to the way the chain of responsibility is made to work. These changes look to bring the COR rules more in line with those governing workplace health and safety, to which they are closely related, and overlap at some points.   The new rules look like they could make the COR rules more trucking company friendly, but we cannot be sure....

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COR Fines for Consignor and Loader

Two off road parties have been prosecuted and fined under chain of responsibility rules in a recent case in New South Wales. Transport law specialist lawyers, Cooper Grace Ward, have published some information about the case and conclude the case highlights the significant penalties that can be imposed by the courts on off road parties in the ‘chain of responsibility’.     “In our experience, many ‘off road’ parties such as...

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Both Sides of the Coin

Sitting at the ALC Safety Summit this week demonstrated to me a disconnect going on in the road transport industry. As with many problems in the trucking industry today, the core of the issue is communication, the message isn’t getting all the way down the chain.     The event in Sydney had the big end of town, Woolies, Toll, Linfox, Bluescope, Scotts etc. talking about the commendable codes of conduct the Australian...

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