Adelaide Brighton Cement is committed to creating a safer environment for our community. As such we have taken a proactive approach in assisting our transportation partners with adhering to the amended legislation that came into effect in April 2007.
The new legislation, known as the Statutes Amendment (Road Transport Compliance and Enforcement) Act 2006, has been designed to promote safe work practices and reasonable expectations across the entire transport industry, where every business involved in transportation of goods takes the appropriate responsibility for the way freight is transported on our roads.
The main elements of the new legislation are as follows:
This means that Adelaide Brighton Cement, and all other companies involved with the transportation of freight on Australian roads, now has an onus to assess their responsibilities under the compliance and enforcement legislation and take all appropriate steps to ensure that no breaches occur by any party within their chain of responsibility.
Some might ask how this new legislation works. Here is a hypothetical example of what may happen if a breach is detected:
A vehicle is pulled over by an Enforcement Officer for the Department of Transport for an on the spot check. During the inspection, the officer finds a number of breaches ranging from an inadequately restrained and overweight load to the driver exceeding his prescribed driving hours.
Upon investigation the following might occur:
What do I need to do? Quite simply, you should ensure that you can demonstrate that you have taken all reasonable steps to prevent a breach occurring. Whether a breach has occurred or not, makes no difference. What is important is that you can show that you have taken reasonable steps to ensure that such breaches don’t occur. What constitutes reasonable steps will vary depending on each individual’s circumstances and positioning within the chain of responsibility.
For more information on the Statutes Amendment (Road Transport Compliance and Enforcement) Act 2006 visit the Transport SA website.
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