COR re­forms could take 18 more months to emerge

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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.

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