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Road Freight NSW weighs in on CoR

  • Posted on Tuesday 12th, September 2017.

Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) will continue to work with its members and industry stakeholders to ensure that heavy vehicle safety and compliance are priorities, following news that the new Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws will commence next year.

Responding to weekend media reports about concerns over truck safety, RFNSW General Manager, Simon O’Hara, has said “our members who have worked in the industry for many years have always, and will always maintain, that safety on the road network is paramount.”

“We would have appreciated the opportunity to have some input into the articles to give our members’ perspectives on truck safety,” said O’Hara.

“After all, they balance safety and compliance, with their cost imperatives, as few others do.

“RFNSW meets with our members and stakeholders like RMS [Roads and Maritime] and NHVR [National Heavy Vehicle Regulator] regularly to raise any issues we have around safety policies and compliance, with strategies then developed and implemented, as part of our commitment to heavy vehicle safety on NSW roads.

“Amendments to CoR laws commencing in mid-2018 means that drivers will be required to undertake daily checks of their trucks, assess any operational risks and ensure they are fully compliant, otherwise businesses will suffer. We’re sending the message that everyone in the supply chain has a role to play, not just carriers.

“RFNSW also believes that the adoption of new technologies and ongoing public education campaigns focusing on road safety overall, will assist in curbing preventable accidents and fatalities,” he said.

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