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 Extending the chain of responsibility (COR)  
 guidelines to include vehicle maintenance and
 repairs will improve accountability, and reduce
 complexity and inconsistency in the industry, the
 Australian Trucking Association (ATA) states
 part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law and  
 other  Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the
 include imposing harsher penalties and bringing
 action against parties within the chain even
 before an incident occurs.
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You MUST ENSURE all relevent parties are aware of the concept and obligations imposed by NHVL. This is a requirement of the legislation. Penalties can be imposed on any company or influencing party that is deemed to have breached this requirement.
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 Do I need to ensure my business has a robust
COR   management system in place?  
YES!
  (Article courtesy of QTA Member Cooper Grace Ward (CGW)
Heavy Vehicle National Law and other legislation amendment bill 2016  has now been passed in Queensland. The proposed changes will significantly alter the current regime and impose a ‘primary duty’ on all parties in the chain of responsibility to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of road transport activities. This means that enforcement agencies can bring proceedings against parties in the chain without some harm or incident having to first occur. The changes also impose significant maximum penalties that give teeth to the primary duty and align with other national safety laws.

The reforms were championed by the ATA include:
- a primary safety duty that will apply to all parties in the chain of  
   responsibility, including consignors and consignees
- the extension of chain of responsibility to truck maintenance and
  repairs (roadworthiness)
- a dramatic reduction in red tape
- higher maximum penalties ($3m)
-  new due diligence obligation on company directors and
   executives, but with a requirement that the prosecution prove its
   case. (Function rather than title)         

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Be informed know what you are required to do...
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