Chain of Responsibility

 

Chain of Responsibility: What is it?

The Chain of Responsibility extends the legal liability of road law offences to include everyone involved in the transportation of goods by road.

Under the Chain of Responsibility, every person is held accountable for conduct that affects compliance in a transport operation and may be deemed liable in the event of a breach of the legislation through their actions, inactions or decisions.

 

When will the new laws apply?

The laws were implemented in the later part 2014 following the drafting of supporting legislation. Compliance programs should include a routine monitoring component to ensure the measures put in place to meet the legal, ethical and community obligations remain effective.

Western Australia believes that to gain maximum road safety benefits, it is essential that the chain of responsibility provisions apply to all vehicles regardless of size so that all parties in the transport chain that are able to influence compliance outcomes for light vehicles can also be held accountable for offences.

 

What changes does the new Chain of Responsibility legislation introduce?

What changes does the new Chain of Responsibility legislation introduce?

  • Legal accountability throughout the whole transport chain
  • What changes does the new Chain of Responsibility legislation introduce?
  • Additional enforcement powers available to police and transport inspectors
  • Categories of risk for breaches
  • Reasonable steps defence
  • Reasonable steps defence
  • Container weight declarations
  • Increased sanctions and penalties.
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