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Call to make construction trucks safer

August 31, 2017

Construction vehicle safety should be improved – that’s the view of the Australian Trucking Association’s Chief Executive Ben Maguire.

His solution is for the Australian and State governments to mandate truck safety management schemes for vehicles used on any major construction project.

Last month, Mr Maguire joined NSW Police and RMS officers as they inspected construction trucks working on the massive WestConnex project in Sydney.

“It was impressive to see first-hand how the NSW Police delivered such a professional intervention to raise the standards on our roads,” Mr Maguire said.

“But they shouldn’t have had to do the inspections at all. The professional, safe trucking businesses that join ATA member associations like Road Freight NSW and our safety management scheme, TruckSafe, are sick and tired of hearing reports about the small minority of unsafe trucks on the road,” he stated.

CoR warning

He warned major construction companies that the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws would be extended to include truck maintenance from mid-2018.

“Prime contractors, consignors and consignees will have a legal duty to make sure their business practices do not result in unsafe trucks on the road,” he said.

“The executives of these businesses will have a personal due diligence obligation to make sure their business carries out this duty, backed by very high maximum penalties,” he said.

Mr Maguire pointed out that large construction projects aren’t due to end soon, either.

“Sydney has a decade of major infrastructure work ahead. Governments and businesses need to act now to make construction trucks safer.”

Melbourne can also expect its fair share of construction vehicles as works begin on the new Metro Tunnel project – twin 9km rail tunnels running under Melbourne’s CBD, along with five new underground stations. Freeway extensions are also in planning stages.

All heavy vehicles affected

Regardless of whether or not your company is in the construction sector, if you operate a heavy vehicle transport business or your business in involved in using heavy vehicles to move goods from point A to B, CoR laws apply to you.

Not knowing about CoR laws and how they apply to you and your business is no excuse in the eyes of the law, in this case the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Subscribe to CoR Adviser, a monthly newsletter written by the transport experts at Holding Redlich, to find out everything you need to know about this often misunderstood subject and how the forthcoming changes in 2018 will affect you.

Don’t delay. Subscribe today to CoR Adviser and implement the information you find within the newsletter’s pages, all of which will help you to avoid costly penalties for breaching CoR laws.