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NatRoad advocates CoR reform

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) is in favour of the new Chain of Responsibility (CoR) changes that are due to occur from July this year.

According to NatRoad, all parties in the chain have a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities, so far as reasonably practicable.

“Many drivers are pleased with the change in law that will recognise that multiple parties may be responsible for offences committed by the drivers and operators of heavy vehicles,” NatRoad said in a statement.

“Only time will tell whether the laws will do anything to shift the perceptions that are often unfairly laid on the shoulders of heavy vehicle drivers, but importantly it will push safety to the top of everyone’s list.”

NatRoad has asked its members to think about the incoming changes and how the industry should proactively “get on board”.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has reportedly encouraged businesses to introduce a Safety Management System, which is a planned set of activities designed to control safety risks in a comprehensive and proactive way.

“Implementing a Safety Management System is a great idea especially for smaller operators that may not have any documented safety processes in place,” said NatRoad. “A good Safety Management System should start at the top of the business and identify the responsibilities of those who manage the business as well as those in operational positions.”

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