Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment | Completing the Chain of Responsibility



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The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is due to be amended on 1 October 2018, which provides that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. In applied terms, this primary duty represents an obligation of each party in the transport supply chain to eliminate or minimise potential harm of risk of loss by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety. [1]

While the amendment focuses on very important issues like fatigue management, adherence to speed limits and loading requirements, one cannot ignore the importance of securing the cargo in the truck. Chain of Responsibility should begin at the loading dock, and every party in the transport supply chain should take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of loss, including loss of cargo until the truck arrives at its destination.

Based on the latest report by SensiGuard, cargo theft volume and average values increased year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018. The firm recorded 144 cargo theft incidents during the quarter with an average loss value of USD178,273 (AUD250,000) – an 8% increase in volume and 28% increase in value when compared to the second quarter of 2017. [2]

What steps can be taken to increase the security of cargo? One very effective and cost-efficient method is the application of tamper evident security seals, labels and tape.

Whether it is securing the tautliner buckles on a side curtain truck, the back door of a rigid truck, applying security tape on pallets or security labels on cartons, these small steps increase visibility and minimises the risk of loss of cargo.

Seals HQ (www.sealshq.com.au) carries a wide range of tamper evident security seals, security labels and security tape which are versatile and can be used for a wide range of applications.

Seals HQ also offers a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists if you need to discuss on cost-effective ways to secure your cargo. We provide free samples and recommendations on effective ways to increase visibility of your truck and cargo, thus completing the Chain of Responsibility obligation to both the transport party and their clients.

Contact methods:

Email    : sales@sealshq.com.au
Call      : 1300 920 778

Footnotes:

[1] Source: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/chain-of-responsibility/about
[2] Source: https://www.ccjdigital.com/cargo-theft-numbers-rise-in-second-quarter-year-over-year-firm-reports/