Heavy ve­hi­cle laws im­pact south­west pro­duc­ers

Western Times - - NEWS -

NEW chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity laws for Aus­tralia’s heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try will have an ef­fect on live­stock pro­duc­ers across Aus­tralia.

The laws, which will come into ef­fect mid-2018, mean ev­ery pro­ducer and ve­hi­cle oper­a­tor will need to un­der­stand their own re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when it comes to cart­ing live­stock.

The laws will mean pri­mary pro­duc­ers will need to en­sure the fol­low­ing:

■ Avoid re­quests, in­struc­tions, re­quire­ments or de­mands that may in­flu­ence the driver to speed or drive while fa­tigued – whether writ­ten in a con­tract or made ver­bally

■ En­sure stock or loads are ready to load on time so that a driver is not un­duly de­layed and pres­sured to speed or ex­ceed fa­tigue hours

■ En­sure safe ac­cess while on your prop­erty for the heavy ve­hi­cles and ad­vise driv­ers of any rel­e­vant lo­cal knowl­edge

■ En­sure you con­sult with your trans­porter and other par­ties in the chain when set­ting time frames for pick-up and de­liv­ery.

The Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity man­ager Kym Far­quhar­son-Jones has been trav­el­ling across Aus­tralia out­lin­ing the changes.

“Th­ese changes are a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in recog­nis­ing that every­one in the sup­ply chain has a role to play in heavy ve­hi­cle safety,” Mr Far­quhar­son-Jones said.

“Pri­mary pro­duc­ers also play an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing safe, re­li­able road trans­port to all road users, par­tic­u­larly heavy ve­hi­cles.

“They must be care­ful to use op­er­a­tors that pro­vide safe and com­pli­ant trans­port ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Con­sult your provider to en­sure any safety risks are un­der­stood and steps are taken to mit­i­gate those risks.”

PHOTO: KIRSTIN PAYNE

LAW CHANGE: Live­stock trail­ers, trucks and cat­tle trans­port will be af­fected by the new laws.

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