Workers Encouraged to Report Heavy Vehicle Safety Breaches Via New Hotline

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Heavy vehicle drivers and supply chain employees are being encouraged to confidentially report potential safety breaches via a new secure hotline.

The new hotline will allow heavy vehicle safety concerns to be reported to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) before being assessed and appropriate action taken.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line will available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will be operated by Crime Stoppers Queensland.

“NHVR has partnered with Crime Stoppers Queensland to take advantage of its expertise in receiving confidential calls and ensure they are processed appropriately.”

“I encourage individuals to take advantage of this service to contribute to the safety of our industry without fear of recrimination.”

The hotline comes ahead of significant reforms to the Heavy Vehicle National Law, set to commence on October 1, 2018. Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws are being amended to make it clear that every party in the supply chain has a “duty” to ensure safe practices.

This means everyone, from driver to executive officer, will have an obligation to eliminate and minimise risks by doing everything reasonable to ensure transport activities are safe.

 

What is Chain of Responsibility?

Any business that utilises freight logistics services needs to make sure they understand chain of responsibility. If you consign, pack, load or receive goods as part of your business, you could be held legally liable for breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Chain of Responsibility Director, Steven Asnicar, will be presenting on the CoR reforms at Sydney’s inaugural Safety Forum in September.

Steven will explain how these new laws will effect Australian businesses, with emphasis on the legal liability and criminal prosecution aspects of the reforms. He will also discuss how businesses can improve compliance planning processes, reduce the likelihood of surprises, and improve their safety resource allocation.

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