Shippers seek safety without compliance: survey


A new survey finds shippers prioritise safety but under value chain of responibility compliance when choosing a transport provider

Shippers seek safety without compliance: survey
Supply chains want safety, not compliance
By Sean Muir | July 20, 2012

A survey has found shippers
value safety but fail to prioritise compliance when choosing a transport provider.

The Chain of Responsibility Management Systems Australia survey shows 28 percent of people in the transport and logistics sector value safety as the highest priority when choosing a transport provider, while only 12 percent value compliance.

The preliminary survey results, released to SupplyChain Review today, also show 20 percent of people value price as their highest priority, while 20 percent value communication, 8 percent guarantees, 8 percent speed and 4 percent timing.

The survey has so far sampled 406 transport and logistics professionals Australia-wide, with final results expected next week.

Chain of Responsibility Management Systems Australia training director Lee Kendall says the survey results reflect well-known problems with safety in the transport industry.

"It gives a pretty good perspective on things and what is going on," Kendall says.

"There are a lot of companies who keep their head in the
sand on the chain of responsibility."

"It is important that all logistic companies understand about having a speed management plan.

"The
plan
should not be directed at the drivers because they have to comply with the normal road rules. Rather it
needs to be directed at decision makers to stop pressures on drivers to speed."

Results of a national Transport Workers' Union (TWU) survey of 715 drivers, released May this year, found 55 per cent of drivers in the Coles supply chain admitted to feeling pressure to drive too fast, with the industry average at 26 percent.

Amendments made in 2010 to the Queensland Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 require those directly responsible for the operation of a heavy vehicle to take reasonable steps to ensure that their activities do not cause the driver to exceed speed limits.

The amendments also require requires anyone who schedules the activities of a heavy vehicle, or its driver, to take reasonable steps to ensure that the schedule of the vehicle and the driver does not cause the driver to exceed speed limits.

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