WA tells industry to get up to speed on COR

Industry must have compliance systems in place to meet its obligations, transport minister says

WA tells industry to get up to speed on COR
Those loading freight can now be held responsible in Western Australia for breaches of vehicle mass, dimension or load restraint requirements.


Businesses bound by new chain of responsibility law in Western Australia are being told to review their compliance systems to ensure they can meet their obligations.

WA last week introduced chain of responsibility to hold all parties involved in transporting freight liable for loading, mass and dimension breaches.

WA transport minister Dean Nalder is encouraging all parties in the transport and logistics sector to make sure they are compliant.  

"I encourage you to review existing procedures and identify areas that may need attention to prevent a breach of mass, dimension and load restraint requirements," he says.

Nalder has labelled the law "a milestone for road safety" and says it makes sure everyone from company directors to packers and receivers are responsible for transporting freight safely.

"In the past the onus has rested solely on the driver to secure the load," Nalder says.


The new regime, which took effect on April 27, aims to help reduce the number of items falling from moving vehicles.


"When goods fall from a moving vehicle they can damage the road and create serious hazards for road users, so this reform should encourage more attention to securing loads," he says.

"It should also create a more level playing field, making it difficult for those operating outside of the law to gain a competitive advantage through overloading."

The new law applies to light and heavy vehicles and carries penalties including prosecution and fines for breaches.

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