The Heavy Vehicle National Laws (HVNL) are changing on 1 October 2018. This means that requirements around Chain of Responsibility will also change. This impacts everyone in the supply chain – drivers, employers, contractors, vehicle operators, loaders or unloaders of vehicles and consignees.
The changes to the laws mean that all parties in the supply chain, including primary producers, must reduce risks related to the safety of transport tasks.
National Chain of Responsibility legislation has been in place since 2005. Under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws, complying with transport laws is a shared responsibility and all parties in the road transport supply chain are responsible for preventing breaches. Anybody, not just the driver, who has control over the transport task can be held responsible for breaches of road laws and may be legally liable.