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National laws for trucks and other heavy vehicles will be reformed to ensure company executives increasingly take steps to ensure safety.

Road safety outcomes central to new Executive Officer liability reforms

22 November 2016

Acting Chief Executive of the National Transport Commission (NTC) Dr Geoff Allan said earlier this month transport ministers had approved the NTC’s recommendation for this second phase of executive officer liability reforms. These latest reforms will amend the HVNL to extend the positive "due diligence" obligation to cover all offences executive officers currently have liability for under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“We have been on a journey to restructure aspects of Australia’s Heavy Vehicle National Law chain of responsibility and executive officer liability requirements to improve the safety and productivity of road transport operations, and remove ambiguity around personal liability for corporate fault without adding unnecessary costs to business,” Dr Allan said.

“These reforms are based on extensive consultation with industry and other stakeholders, as well as the assessment of impacts on safety outcomes and compliance costs.

“This approach to executive officer liability is more consistent with Australia’s workplace health and safety laws, making it easier for industry to understand, and comply with their obligations.”

There will be a single commencement date for the chain of responsibility and executive officer liability reforms in early to mid-2018, subject to passage through the Queensland Parliament.

This month, transport ministers also agreed that there will be no changes to existing legislation in relation to the speeding of heavy vehicles as a result of a review conducted on current enforcement approaches.

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Last Updated: 6/12/2016