The chain of responsibility regulations are, generally, regarded by many in the industry as a positive and, if applied correctly, a force for good, but not for a chain of fools. It appears other arms of government and and those who administer the law in other areas of governance are neither informed or care about the CoR and its overall implications.
A case has come to light of a trucking operator who has been through an unfair dismissal procedure after terminating the employment of a truck driver who persistently refused to fill in the work diary correctly and comply with CoR requirements and keep the operation clean, in CoR terms.
There is a lot of paperwork to be filled out over and over again, for seemingly little reason. Many working in the trucking industry began their working life in a relatively undocumented work environment with a lax view of compliance with regulations. Those days have gone and compliance is a necessary evil for everyone working at the coal face.
Some people do find it difficult to make the change and work within a completely different culture and attitude to the rules. Many of us older drivers can find it difficult to come to terms with the reality of the modern trucking working environment.
These attitudes will change over time and a process of natural attrition will see the non-compliant gradually weeded out, or so you would think.
According to the reported case, the rest of the bureaucracy are neither informed or bothered about the CoR rules. Only those directly involved with the trucking regulations seem to be aware of the requirements of CoR.
When the sacked driver, who refused to comply and write a legal work diary and fill in other compliance material correctly, took their case to the Fair Work Commission and filed for unfair dismissal, those deliberating on the case completely ignored the legal requirements of the CoR regulations in our industry.
The representatives of the sacked employee and those deliberating on the case, acted as if there was no such thing called the chain of responsibility, and the need for employees in the trucking industry to meet its compliance requirements.
The employer had to renegotiate the end of employment, paying out compensation and leave the recalcitrant driver with a clean work record, to go off to another trucking operator and refuse to meet the CoR rules.
The question here is whether some rules rules are more important than others and ask whose job is it to bring the bureaucrats in other branches of government up to speed with a piece of legislation which is vitally important to everyone on our roads.