ALC enters Chain of Responsibility debate

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has published a paper to stimulate discussion on the Chain of Responsibility provisions as they pass to the control of the National Transport Law. The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) reacted by saying it illustrates the the extent to which all supply chain parties have obligations under the law.

“COR is the legal foundation upon which supply chain safety is maintained and strengthened and so it is essential the new Heavy Vehicle National Law contains robust COR provisions which are effective, appropriate and fair,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.

“With the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) coming into effect nationally later this year, it is timely that the law undergoes thorough scrutiny to examine whether its COR provisions require any revisions.

“As the peak industry body for the freight logistics industry, ALC is pleased to have provided input to the discussion paper. ALC’s involvement has also focussed on the critical role industry codes of practice, such as the National Logistics Safety Code, play in assisting industry members to manage their COR obligations.”

The National Logistics Safety Code applies to a number of aspects relevant to the discussions about the supply chain, including COR, fatigue, speeding and load management. It is aimed to improve the level of knowledge about and reduce the number of breaches of the law surrounding the transport industry.

“ALC looks forward to highlighting in its submission on the discussion paper the added importance of the National Logistics Safety Code of Practice in the context of the new national approach to COR,” said Kilgariff. “ALC was pleased to have confirmed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator that Codes of Practice already registered in states and territories will transition to the HVNL and continue to have their current status in the state/territory in which they were registered.

“The National Logistics Safety Code of Practice has been officially registered as a code of practice under Victoria’s Road Safety Act 1986 and we look forward to it being formally recognised under the Heavy Vehicle National Law. Receiving formal recognition under the Heavy Vehicle National Law as a ‘reasonable steps defence’ will provide Code participants with greater assurance that they are meeting their COR requirements.”

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