The truck leaving the farm gate is a sign for most farmers to move onto the next job, but where does your responsibility for that truck end?
There has been an increased amount of noise over the last 6 months surrounding changes in chain of responsibility with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator laws. The aim of these changes is to ensure every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain is accountable for the safety of their transport activities.
What this will mean for farmers is that in the case of an incident, they will need to demonstrate that they took reasonable steps in ensuring that the truck and driver were able to perform the task safely. For most this is being aware of common sense things, which can include;
Keeping a document of these things once the truck leaves can put you in a good position ‘if’ something was to go wrong. It can be as simple as just jotting a few notes about each item to show that you took reasonable action to ensure the safety of the truck and driver. In the case of an accident you can then refer back and say that on that day you did everything within your control to ensure that the truck leaving was not a risk.
For more information about your chain of responsibility or the National Heavy Vehicle Laws, please see the following links:
Rachael Trickey is a Partner and Agribusiness Consultant at Mulcahy & Co Agri Solutions and can be contacted on 0401 645 968 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bronte Gorringe is an Agribusiness Consultant at Mulcahy & Co Agri Solutions and can be contacted on 0401 882 374 or email@example.com