With the introduction of Chain of Responsibility legislation these risks are greater than ever before. Do you know what risks your business is exposed to?
What is Chain of Responsibility?
If you work in transport and you are asking “What is Chain of Responsibility?” then, you and your business are at risk, risks that include prosecution and fines running into millions of dollars. Under Chain of Responsibility, corporate or senior managers may face personal fines, as well as lengthy community service orders.
If you asked what is chain of responsibility? You also risk, in addition to monetary fines courts imposed penalties to ensure that your business clearly, understands the severity of their actions,that include; prohibition orders that prevent a person or persons operating within the transport industry for a period of time as well as compensation orders for damage to road infrastructure.
The introduction of Chain of Responsibility laws mean that for the first time, all parties in the road transport supply chain from the consignor, consignee, packer, loader and scheduler, drivers, owner-drivers and operators to executive level; directors, partners and managers will be held responsible for their actions as well as any inactions, involving to breaches of road transport, fatigue, speed, mass, dimension and load restraint laws.
Put simply under Chain of Responsibility, everyone in the chain is accountable – Under CoR, everyone is accountable – the company, its staff and any drivers that the company engage directly or indirectly.
So as you can see if you asked “what is Chain of Responsibility” the risks that your company is potentially exposed to are far reaching. Not knowing is no excuse, it is incumbent on companies to have in place auditable systems that demonstrate to authorities their compliance with legislation in an ongoing and consistent manner
So what can you do to achieve compliance?
To achieve compliance with CoR you must be able to show that you have taken reasonable steps to comply with CoR legislation and can produce documentation that demonstrates;
- Your staff have been trained in all aspects of CoR
- Management and control of vehicles carrying capacity, including axle loads
- How fatigue is managed for drivers
- How your drivers speed is managed
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