Supply chain support for new laws


Up to 165,000 companies that make up Australia’s heavy vehicle supply chain will be required to take steps to deliver a safer road transport industry under new laws coming in mid 2018.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto today released the latest round of Chain of Responsibility information for 10 key supply chain roles.

“We’ve now delivered more than 30 information forums across Australia and I’m pleased to see many companies in the supply chain undertaking their role in safety and taking practical steps to ensure they meet the new laws from mid 2018,” Mr Petroccitto told today’s South Australian Road Transport Association conference.

“Today we’ve released 10 fact sheets which cover information for roles such as consignees, consignors, loaders, packers, schedulers, executives and employers.

“Whatever the role in the heavy vehicle supply chain, it’s time to be proactive in managing risks to ensure safe transport operations are part of everyday business.”

The NHVR information packs and forums will make it easier for duty holders to understand and assess their risks, and know whether they are complying with the current law and prepare for changes.

The changes include the replacement of existing prescriptive obligations to reduce red tape and better apply risk management processes to focus on safety outcomes.

Mr Petroccitto said companies that were unable to attend a forum can also view a new video outlining the changes.

“There were 213 deaths from 191 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses in 2016. I am determined to see that number continue to fall and make heavy vehicle safety everyone’s business,” he said.

“Although the changes are a year away, it’s time for businesses across the heavy vehicle supply chain to prepare.

“Earlier this year we released our guidelines for Industry Codes of Practice, and a Chain of Responsibility checklist as part of a national effort to boost safety for all road users.”

The new fact sheets and videos are available at


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