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What is the chain of responsibility?

If you use road transport as part of your business, you share the responsibility of managing the risk. This means anyone who has control in the transport chain can be held legally accountable if, by their actions, inactions or decisions, they cause or contribute to a breach of the road laws.

Why does it apply to light vehicles?

Every year, debris falling from unsecured loads causes road closures and disruptions, incurs thousands of dollars in damages to vehicles and property, and can be a major contributor to serious crashes.

In promoting road safety for all users of the road network in Australia, the Chain of Responsibility  legislation applies to all vehicle types. For example goods transported by road from a hardware store or garden centre would be covered by the legislation.

Who is covered by the chain of responsibility?

If you are involved in any of the following road transport activities, you are a party in the ‘chain of responsibility’ and may be deemed liable in the event of a breach of the road laws:

  • Consigning – a person or company commissioning the carrying of goods
  • Packing – placing goods in packages, containers or pallets
  • Loading – placing or restraining the load of the vehicle
  • Driving – the physical act of driving a vehicle
  • Operating – operating a business which controls the use of a vehicle
  • Receiving – paying for the goods/taking possession of the load

If you have concerns about any of your vehicles being overloaded and not fit for purpose, call Service Bodies Australia to have a chat.