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Master Code now released

December 6, 2018


The Master Industry Code of Practice, jointly developed by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has now been released.

Approved by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the code has been created to help parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) meet their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The code has been designed to assist industry participants with identifying and mitigating risks in four key areas: speed; fatigue; vehicle standards; and mass, dimension and loading.

Interim CEO of the ALC, Lachlan Benson, said “The Master Code covers all common safety risks involved in the heavy vehicle industry, and has been written to conform to the requirements of the updated CoR provisions within the HVNL”.

The CEO of NHVR, Sal Petroccitto said “The code incorporates technical standards and other guidance material such as the load restraint guide and provides examples of risk controls, while making it clear that adopters must develop and adhere to business practices unique to their operations”.

Federal transport minister, Michael McCormack, has applauded the Australian heavy vehicle industry’s “voluntary lead to further boost safety” by the development of this Master Code and said it “will provide the guidance and examples to assist supply chain parties and executive officers in managing their safety duty and due diligence obligations”.

Ben Maguire, CEO of the ATA says the Master Code has been developed “by the industry, for the industry” and “will provide members with easily understandable working procedures and gap analysis tools to address potential risks”.

“The new truck safety laws impose a strong general safety duty and impose heavy penalties for companies and individuals who don’t comply,” he said.

In 2019, the ALC will also offer the Master Code Auditing Service (AMCAS), which will be available to ALC members and supply chain partners.

Lachlan Benson said “This service will permit industry participants to test their compliance with the Master Code, which will give them confidence they are taking the right steps to act in accordance with the expanded CoR provisions under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).”

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