The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has formally launched the Master Code of Practice for the heavy vehicle safety yesterday in Canberra.
It also announced an auditing service will be offered to ALC members and their supply chain partners for the new industry-wide Master Code in 2019.
The launch, according to Lachlan Benson, ALC Interim CEO, represents a culmination of 18 months of joint effort between the ALC and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) to deliver a Master Code that is accessible, relevant to industry needs and helps industry participants meet their Chain of Responsibility obligations.
“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 the HVNL,” said Benson.
“ALC will further build on this commitment in 2019 by offering the ALC Master Code Auditing Service (AMCAS) to its members and their supply chain partners,” he 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).”
AMCAS will operate similarly to the auditing service that has historically been provided by the ALC it confirmed in a media release.
Benson said the announcement demonstrated the ALC’s commitment to delivering enhanced supply chain safety and ensuring a safer environment for road users.
The ATA welcomed the release of the Master Code. ATA CEO Ben Maguire said it represented co-regulation in action.
“For years, responsible transport operators and businesses have argued they should have a say in the chain of responsibility regulations,” he said.
“For the past 18 months the ATA and ALC have worked closely with industry stakeholders to develop clear guidelines for operators to meet their responsibilities under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.”
“This is a code developed by the industry, for the industry.”
The ATA’s safety accreditation system, TruckSafe was in the process of integrating the master code into its standards to ensure accredited members are compliant with the new truck safety laws effective from October.
Maguire said the revised TruckSafe standards will be consistent with the master code and HVNL requirements.
“This will provide members with easily understandable working procedures and gap analysis tools to address potential risks,” he said.
“The new truck safety laws impose a strong general safety duty and impose heavy penalties for companies and individuals who don’t comply.”
Revised TruckSafe standards will be launched at the ATA’s annual Trucking Australia conference starting 3 April in Perth, WA.