National Transport Liabilities

Chain of Responsibility is a legal requirement under the Road Transport (Compliance and Enforcement Bill) 2005 which means every person in the transport supply chain activities may be held responsible for breach of the road laws.

If you consign, pack, load or receive goods as part of your business, you can be held liable.

The new law recognised all the “off the road” parties in the supply chain- the people and activities this covers:man-chain-larger

  • Consigning – a person or company commissioning the carrying of goods
  • Packing – placing goods into packages, containers or pallets
  • Loading – placing or restraining the load on a vehicle
  • Driving – the physical act of driving a heavy vehicle
  • Operating – conducting a business which controls the use of heavy vehicle
  • Receiving – paying for the goods or taking possession of the load

The impact and reach of chain of responsibility laws in the transport industry should not be underestimated.

The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme is a formal process for recognising operators who have a robust safety and other management systems in place.

If you need assistance in reviewing you system, please come and talk to us at Safety Services Australia on +612 9634 5912 or