The Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws (Heavy Vehicle National Law and Regulations and Road Traffic (Administration) Act 2008 (WA) and the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012 (WA) (or any replacement or modification thereof)) encompass heavy vehicle mass, dimension and load restraint requirements and speeding, fatigue management and (expected shortly) vehicle maintenance.
Compliance with the CoR laws is the responsibility of every party in the chain. These include, but are not limited to, consignors/consignees/receivers, schedulers, packers, loaders/unloaders, operators, exporters/importers, drivers, corporations, employers and directors.
MSC is committed to compliance with the CoR laws. Our customers are independently required by law also to comply with such laws. Working together, we can ensure mutual compliance and heavy vehicle road safety. MSC does not condone, endorse or reward non-compliance.
CUSTOMER’S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Our customers are also required to adopt practices to comply with the CoR laws which include, but are not limited to and may vary depending on their role in the chain:
- ensuring the declared weights and container weight declarations on all consignments are correct, accurate and in accordance with any applicable laws;
- declaring any dangerous goods and ensuring the appropriate documentation is completed;
- checking that any loads do not exceed any applicable mass, dimension and load requirements;
- checking the maximum payload weight of the container is appropriate for the goods before packing;
- ensuring that their business practices and any request or instruction for road transport do not cause vehicle drivers to drive while fatigued, exceed the speed limits, exceed regulated driving hours or fail to comply with minimum rest requirements;
- checking drivers for any physical signs of fatigue;
- ensuring compliance with the NTC ‘Guidelines and performance standards for the safe carriage of loads on roads on road vehicles’ (the Load Restraint Guide) (and any replacement or modification thereof);
- being extra vigilant in situations where there are urgent deadlines in relation to transporting goods to ensure that customers do not influence or direct that drivers breach any applicable speed/fatigue laws; and
- ensure that goods are packaged appropriately for transportation.