Cootes crash the impetus for new tanker safety code

Cootes tanker crash continues to have ramifications, with news the ALC will develop a tanker-specific safety code in response

Cootes crash the impetus for new tanker safety code
Cootes crash the impetus for new tanker safety code
November 22, 2013

The impact of the fatal Cootes Transport tanker crash continues to be felt, with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) citing the event for its decision to develop a tanker-specific safety code.

The ALC says the code will be developed as part of its National Logistics Safety Code of Practice (NLSC), which is designed to help supply chain participants meet their chain of responsibility obligations.

ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff says the ALC will seek to have the tanker code registered under the Heavy Vehicle National Law so signatories charged with breaching chain of responsibility laws will be able to use the code as evidence they took all reasonable steps to comply.

"The tragic events on Mona Vale Road in Sydney involving a Cootes tanker have reinforced the need to develop a dedicated tanker code, incorporating all parts of the supply chain," Kilgariff says.

"ALC has been actively adding industry-specific codes to the NLSC and it is timely we establish a dedicated tanker code to measure and improve chain of responsibility compliance in the heavy vehicle tanker industry."

The news follows McAleese’s, the parent company of Cootes, application to become a member of the ALC. The company also expressed a desire to be a foundation member of the new tanker code.

McAleese CEO and Managing Director Paul Garaty says the firm is committed to improving Cootes Transport.

"As part of this commitment, we will be working closely with the ALC and our industry counterparts to develop comprehensive guidelines for those involved in the transportation of liquid fuels," Garaty says.

The NLSC applies to the wide range of activities within the supply chain including legal compliance and chain of responsibility, fatigue, safe loads, speed management and equipment.

There are currently four established industry codes under the NLSC umbrella covering retail logistics, coal seam gas logistics, the steel industry and electrical cable logistics.

"The NLSC provides code participants with a clear and equitable alignment of responsibilities for the movement of goods," Kilgariff says.

"ALC will work with all parts of the tanker supply chain to ensure all participants are aware of their responsibilities when they control or influence the movement of liquids and other substances in heavy vehicle tankers."

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