New requirements for Road Transport safety

On 17 December 2013 the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal handed down its first Order, which will have health and safety implications for businesses involved in, or engage truck drivers.

Orders of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal have the same practical effect as legislation, and there is the potential for substantial penalties if the requirements are not complied with.

In broad terms, the Order applies to Road Transport Drivers, and imposes requirements on employers, “hirers” and “participants in the supply chain“. If you employ truck drivers, or engage/contract them to deliver things to your business or move your product, then you should consider the application of the Order.

An important health and safety requirement is the need to develop a “safe driving plan” in relation to “long distance” operations (basically where the distance travelled exceeds 500 kilometres).  The plans also require that a “participant in the supply chain” witness the commencement and conclusion time of each pick up by signing the safe driving plan. Relevantly, a “participant” is:

a consignor or consignee, intermediary or operator of premises for loading and unloading.

The Order also specifies training requirements as well as the requirements for documented drug and alcohol policies covering road transport drivers. These requirements apply to both employers and hirers.

The orders take effect from 1 May 2014.

You can access a PDF version of the Order here. You can also review a copy of the Order in Lawstream:

www.lawstream.com.au

Username: Remuneration

Password: password

(Username and password are case sensitive)

For more information about using Lawstream to track and manage your legal and other compliance obligations just email me, gsmith@stegroup.com.au.

One thought on “New requirements for Road Transport safety

  1. As I read it, it also applies to long distance operations within the meaning of the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010. See clause 4.1(b).

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