The Queensland Parliament has passed the chain of responsibility reforms championed by the ATA.
The amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law were passed last night and include:
• A primary safety duty that will apply to all parties in the chain of responsibility, including consignors and consignees
• The extension of chain of responsibility to truck maintenance and repairs
• A dramatic reduction in red tape
• Higher maximum penalties
• A new due diligence obligation on company directors and executives, but with a requirement that the prosecution prove its case.
The new laws will take effect in early 2018.
Read the ATA’s submission to the Queensland Parliamentary inquiry into the bill.