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New campaign highlights the cost of non-compliance

Global telematics business Teletrac Navman has launched a new campaign highlighting that safety regulation compliance is the responsibility of every person within a business.

The Cost of Non-Compliance aims to emphasise the importance of compliance with safety regulations in the road transport industry. By shedding light on the true toll of non-compliance, Teletrac Navman says it seeks to create awareness, drive behavioural change, and foster a safety-first culture among all stakeholders in the supply chain.

“Safety and compliance are not just legal obligations; they form the backbone of a smooth, efficient, and secure road transport sector,” said Teletrac Navman’s national manager transport Anthony Laras. “It’s challenging for fleet operators and drivers to navigate the complex regulatory landscape. The campaign brings to the forefront the significant penalties and consequences that businesses and individuals may face due to non-compliance.”

Under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR), every party involved in the road conveyance supply chain, including directors, managers, employees, contractors, and suppliers, shares the responsibility for compliance. In the event of prosecution, every party must demonstrate that they’ve taken every reasonable step to prevent law breaches; otherwise, they may be held partially liable for incidents or collisions that occur on the road.

CoR ensures all parties in the chain, such as employers, contractors, operators, consignors, and loading managers, collectively strive to eliminate or minimise risks associated with heavy vehicle transport activities to the extent reasonably practicable.

But Teletrac Navman explains that, surprisingly, more than half of the CoR functions also apply to people or businesses not directly owning or operating heavy vehicles. Whenever a business uses a heavy vehicle to send or receive goods, they automatically become a part of the CoR.

Non-compliance with CoR regulations carries severe penalties and impacts various parties along the supply chain. Teletrac Navman’s new campaign highlights the following penalties for non-compliance:

  • $3,721,686 – The maximum monetary penalty for NSW companies found guilty of category one offences for reckless conduct according to the Work Health and Safety Act. This highlights the ethical duty for businesses to prioritise safety and protect their most valuable resource – their people.
  • $300,000 and five years jail – The penalty for individual company directors found guilty of category one offences under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), holding them accountable for their employees’ or contractors’ actions.
  • $10,000 – The maximum penalty under HVNL for consignors and consignees who encourage or require unsafe behaviours from heavy vehicle drivers or parties in the CoR.
  • $15,000 – The penalty for schedulers, supervisors, or any person arranging goods for transport in heavy vehicles, responsible for ensuring drivers’ wellbeing, working hours, and compliance with speed limits.
  • $16,119 – The maximum penalty in Victoria for an unsecured load causing harm or damage, highlighting the responsibilities of those handling goods and loading/unloading heavy vehicles.
  • $5500 – Drivers are not exempt from responsibilities; they must ensure they follow road rules, with personal fines applying to drivers with over-height vehicles.

“At Teletrac Navman, we are dedicated to supporting the heavy vehicle industry in safety and compliance, ultimately making roads safer for everyone,” said Laras.

Teletrac Navman says its solutions streamline compliance with regulatory programs, including the Chain of Responsibility (CoR). With real-time visibility into the responsibilities of different parties in the supply chain, businesses can minimise risks, reduce breaches, and avoid penalties.

“Supporting businesses to foster a safety-first culture, our campaign emphasises that compliance is integral to ensuring the health, wellbeing, and safety of drivers, other road users, and the community,” Laras added.

“By adhering to CoR and HVNL obligations, heavy vehicle operators not only avoid legal consequences but also showcase their commitment to being responsible industry leaders.”

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