WAFarmers is concerned with the level of ignorance among regional road users to significant legislative changes which will apply to all farm businesses later this year.
New Chain of Responsibility legislation was passed by WA Parliament in 2012 and work to finalise supporting regulation is expected to be completed later this year.
Main Roads WA, the Department of Transport and WA Police are working together to implement the legislation.
The legislation works to recognise the responsibilities those beyond the driver and operator have in the transportation of goods by road. The objectives of the legislation, based on a national model, are to improve road safety, reduce infrastructure damage, improve deterrence and enforcement and promote a level playing field for industry.
Under the new legislation, all parties in the road transport supply chain will have obligations to prevent a breach of road transport law, including the consignor, consignee, packer, loader and receiver, as well as the driver and owner. There will also be a legal liability in relation to such breaches for directors and senior management of organisations.
It is in the best interests of anyone operating a farm business to familiarise themselves with their responsibilities under the legislation. WAFarmers urges members of the community to do as much research as possible on Compliance and Enforcement, Dangerous Goods Notice Exemptions, Towed Agricultural Exemptions and Agricultural Vehicle Pilot regulations.
For more information, visit the Main Roads website (www.mainroads.wa.gov.au) and navigate to the Heavy Vehicles page, or visit the Department of Transport website, www.transport.wa.gov.au.