The NHVR announced this week that it has issued an ‘Improvement Notice’ to a consignor as part of its Chain of Responsibility (CoR) policy following a roadside intercept which identified a vehicle carrying metal, aluminium and car parts, that was found to be substantially over mass and incorrectly restrained
NHVR Investigators found the consignor had no procedures, training or induction materials in place for mass or load restraint requirements.
NHVR Acting executive director of statutory compliance, Belinda Hughes said the Improvement Notice reinforces the message that responsibility sits with all parties in the supply chain.
“If you are not a transport operator but you engage the services of a transport operator, you must ensure the safety of that activity, it’s a shared responsibility,” said Hughes.
“This particular investigation demonstrates that the NHVR will investigate all parties in the chain to ensure they meet their obligations,” she added.
The Improvement Notice requires the consignor to develop and implement a documented risk management process, procedures, systems and staff training including control measures to manage risks associated with mass requirements.
Two improvement notices were also issued by NHVR Investigations to the operator. The notices were in relation to mass and load restraint practices.
The NHVR advises that to learn more about obligations under the CoR you can visit: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/chain-of-responsibility