Port of Brisbane and NHVR bring the Port’s heavy vehicle supply chain together to talk changing CoR

With significant changes to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws coming into effect on 1 October, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) invited the Port’s heavy vehicle operators and others in the supply chain to a workshop with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to understand the impending changes and address specific port-related topics.

Almost 40 participants attended from across the heavy vehicle supply chain including logistics companies, stevedores, shipping lines, freight forwarders, importers and exporters.

PBPL CEO, Roy Cummins, said the workshop was a valuable opportunity to ensure Port stakeholders understood the implications of the Chain of Responsibility changes well ahead of when they come into effect.

“Every year, more than 3.1 million vehicles travel on port roads, and many of these are heavy vehicles. While individual operators are responsible for ensuring their transport services comply with the law, as Port Manager we are fully committed to playing our part in enhancing the safety and reliability of road transport at the Port,” said Mr Cummins. 

“PBPL’s Landside Logistics Forum previously identified the need to help those Port stakeholders who are part of the heavy vehicle supply chain better understand the impending changes and be prepared.  We were pleased to be able to respond and facilitate this workshop with NHVR.”

The NHVR’s Chain of Responsibility Manager Kym Farquharson-Jones has been travelling across Australia outlining the changes to many of the 165,000 businesses which make up the heavy vehicle supply chain.

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

“Amendments to the CoR laws coming in October will align the existing laws more closely with workplace health and safety provisions.

“This means that all parties in the chain must reduce risks related to the safety of transport tasks.

“Australia’s ports are an important part of in the heavy vehicle supply chain and it’s encouraging to see the Port of Brisbane take a proactive approach to ensure their stakeholders receive the latest information.”

The NHVR encourages all businesses that make up the heavy vehicle supply chain to ensure they understand their responsibilities and take steps to address safety risks before October 1. If you require more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au/cor