TruckSafe operators 'prepared for COR changes'


Hard work will pay off for operators next year, Kroon says

TruckSafe operators 'prepared for COR changes'
TruckSafe says its accredited operators are better placed to meet COR changes.

 

TruckSafe-accredited operators should be ready to meet the upcoming changes to the chain of responsibility (COR) laws, TruckSafe chair Ferdie Kroon says.

Trucksafe member operators have worked "very hard" in the past two years to upgrade business practices, training methodology, safety systems and review processes to be in a position to meet the new requirements, he says.

The board met last week to look at how the reforms would affect TruckSafe’s standards.

"The board has reviewed the new chain of responsibility provisions and the consultation draft of the master registered code of practice being developed by the ATA and Australian Logistics Council," Kroon says.

"We worked through the provisions in detail, and the good news is that TruckSafe accredited operators are well positioned to meet the new requirements of the law and the draft master code.

"Our operators worked very hard in 2016 to upgrade their safety management systems to meet the new standards, which came into force on 1 January 2017."

Kroon says the upgraded procedures and review processes will help operators:

  • identify, assess, evaluate, and control risk
  • manage compliance with speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standards requirements
  • meet regular reporting requirements  
  • document or record actions taken to manage safety.

"All the hard work last year will pay off for operators in 2018," he says.

"TruckSafe will advise operators of any changes to the TruckSafe standards well before the chain of responsibility reforms come into effect.

"I’d like to thank TruckSafe board members for their efforts throughout 2017, and I wish our TruckSafe operators a safe and prosperous new year."

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