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On The Right Track: How to keep your drivers safe and your business compliance

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On The Right Track

How to keep your drivers safe and your business compliant

The transport and logistics industry has a number of laws and regulations in place to ensure Australian roads are safe for everyone. With the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation in full effect, it’s vital that everyone - not just drivers - is aware of their role.   

Everyone in the supply chain, from directors and managers to contractors, suppliers and drivers is responsible for ensuring operations are compliant and running safely at all times. If a driver is involved in a serious incident, ignorance will not be an adequate defence. You can’t contract out safety and compliance.

How do you ensure that the links in your chain don’t come undone and put your business at risk? 

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Having the right tools and information at your disposal makes a huge difference. Telematics data allows businesses to manage compliance proactively, not as violations occur. After all, data plays a central role in navigating this complex regulatory environment and helps keep you compliant. In the pages that follow we’ll share some key insights, facts and figures around road safety and delve closely into the tools you can implement to help keep your business compliant.  

Compliance Management

To ensure you meet your requirements, you’ll need to consider the following: 



Are your drivers taking adequate breaks? Are your drivers well rested, even outside of work hours, and ready for duty? Are your drivers’ logbooks being reviewed regularly?

Drivers must keep work diaries (either paper or electronic) with them for 28 days even if they have started a new one. The penalty for committing a heavy vehicle offence can be upwards of $10,000


Mass/Dimension/Load Restraint

Are vehicles carrying an appropriate load? How are gross and axle mass information recorded? Is the vehicle’s load appropriately restrained? Does your vehicle have its required permit? What processes are in place to ensure loads
are compliant?

On-road enforcement issued over 3000

infringement notices for logbook-related offences in 2015. In Victoria, 88% of all traffic infringements, such as speeding, are on the spot fines while drivers are out on the road


Driver Behaviour

Are drivers operating their vehicles safely?  Are drivers adhering to the speed limit at all times? What kind of on-going driver training do you provide?

Speeding is Australia’s biggest on-road killer, contributing to 40% of all driving fatalities in NSW aloneOn average,1500 people are seriously injured due to speeding each year



Are vehicles well maintained and roadworthy? Are your drivers completing pre-start checklists? Does your service team get ample time to maintain vehicles before they hit the road?

On-road enforcement issued over 3000 infringement notices for logbook-related offences in 2015

In Victoria, 88% of all traffic infringements, such as speeding, are on the spot fines while drivers are out on the road

Going Paperless with Compliance

Why Go Digital?

Compliance management is an opportunity. The benefits are tangible and instant to help you make the most out of the efficiency and productivity gains. Download the eBook to find out more about how going digital with each aspect of compliance will help. 

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