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Supply chain support for new laws

Up to 165,000 companies that make up Australia’s heavy vehicle supply chain will be required to take steps to deliver a safer road transport industry under new laws coming in mid-2018.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto released the latest round of Chain of Responsibility information for 10 key supply chain roles.
“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,” he told delegates at the recent South Australian Road Transport Association conference.
“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.”
According to Petroccitto, 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 changes include the replacement of existing prescriptive obligations to reduce red tape and better apply risk management processes to focus on safety outcomes.
“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,” said Petroccitto. “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.”

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