COR reforms could take 18 more months to emerge
Chain of responsibility (COR) and officer liability reforms will happen, but an exact ‘go live’ date depends on Queensland’s legislative diary, according to National Transport Commission (NTC).
The nation’s transport ministers had approved the NTC’s recommendation for this second phase of executive officer reforms earlier this month, acting NTC CEO Dr Geoff Allan says.
These further reforms will amend the HVNL to extend the due diligence obligation to cover all offences executive officers currently have liability for under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
There will be a single commencement date for the chain of responsibility and executive officer liability reforms in early to mid-2018, subject to passage through the Queensland Parliament.
“We have been on a journey to restructure aspects of Australia’s
Heavy Vehicle National Law chain of responsibility and executive officer liability requirements to improve the safety and productivity of road transport operations, and remove ambiguity around personal liability for corporate fault without adding unnecessary costs to business,” Allan says.
The NTC notes transport ministers also agreed that there will be no changes to existing legislation in relation to the speeding of heavy vehicles as a result of a review conducted on current enforcement approaches.