Do you know your obligations?

'Chain of Responsibility' laws took effect in South Australia in October 2018, and apply to heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes. These laws aim to make the road environment as safe as possible, not just for the truck driver, but also for members of the public who share the roads.

The laws make each person along the supply chain who can directly influence the transportation of goods on a heavy vehicle over 4.5 tonnes responsible to the extent that they are able to control, eliminate or minimise the risk. It is about making sure that your actions or omissions, given what you know, or reasonably ought to know, do not cause harm to someone else along the supply chain.

This means that everybody in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. This primary duty represents an obligation to eliminate or minimise potential harm or risks by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety. As a party in the supply chain, the best way to do this is to have systems and controls in place, such as business practices, training and procedures. You should review processes to:

  • Identify, assess, evaluate and control risk.
  • Manage compliance with speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standards requirements through identified best practice.
  • Involve regular reporting, including to senior management.
  • Document or record actions taken to manage safety.

Special attention has been given to transport industry critical risks, those factors that can cause grave harm or death, including:

  • Speed and road worthiness.
  • Fatigue and work-rest regimes.
  • Mass, dimensions and load restraint.
  • Operator licensing.