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Businesses fined for fatigue breaches

October 27, 2016

Businesses involved in the heavy vehicle supply chain have less than a week to participate in the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR’s) Chain of Responsibility online survey that closes on 31 October.

The NHVR says it is gathering information from parties in the logistics supply chain in order to better understand their Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The survey, which takes around 15 minutes to complete, is being managed by Macquarie University. All responses are anonymous.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said results of the 10-week survey would assist the NHVR design information and education packages to ensure greater awareness and safety across the heavy vehicle supply chain.

“Heavy vehicle safety is everyone’s business and this will ensure that the right information and tools can be developed and delivered to support business education across the national freight task,” he said.

Companies found guilty, fined

Mr Petroccitto pointed out that state and national authorities were continuing to crackdown on drivers doing the wrong thing.

“Last week, in response to charges brought by NHVR prosecutors in South Australia, a heavy vehicle driver pleaded guilty to five counts of critical fatigue breaches, two counts of substantial fatigue breaches and one minor breach with the magistrate imposing a fine of $12,600, plus court fees and costs,” he said.

Similarly, last week in SA, five people pleaded guilty to various offences including fatigue and making false entries in log books. Convictions were recorded in all matters and fines ranged from $2,250 to $4,000.

“We are committed to a transport and logistics supply chain that delivers the information and tools necessary for managing the ongoing safety and compliance requirements under CoR legislation,” Mr Petroccitto said.

Staying ahead of the curve

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PS: The supply chain online survey is accessible via the NHVR website.