Fact sheets

Chain of Responsibility

The use of heavy vehicles brings with it obligations on all parties in the chain of responsibility to ensure safe and compliant transport on NSW roads.

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (NSW) chain of responsibility obligations apply in relation to fatigue management, speeding compliance, mass, dimension and loading for heavy vehicles.

The following series of fact sheets aims to assist you to identify specific chain of responsibility obligations and develop measures to ensure you are taking reasonable steps to meet your obligations.

Chain of Responsibility - Fatigue Management

Drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles, with some exceptions, are subject to prescribed work and rest times. The overarching obligation on the driver and all CoR parties is to ensure that the driver does not drive if she or he is impaired by fatigue.

Chain of Responsibility - Operator case studies

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (NSW) (HVNL) chain of responsibility (CoR) requirements apply in relation to mass, dimension, loading, fatigue management and speeding compliance for heavy vehicles.

Chain of Responsibility and Infrastructure Projects

The use of heavy vehicles brings with it obligations on all parties in the chain of responsibility to ensure their safe and compliant operation on NSW roads.

Loading Requirements and the Chain of Responsibility

Loads carried on or in a heavy vehicle must be properly restrained so that they will not fall or be dislodged. Loads must be positioned in such a manner that they do not make the vehicle unstable or unsafe.

Mass Limits and the Chain of Responsibility

Compliance with prescribed mass limits is a critical issue for road safety and asset protection. Total mass limits and axle masses are prescribed by the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and the National Regulation.

Dimension Requirements and the Chain of Responsibility

Dimension requirements for heavy vehicles are set out in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and the National Regulation. Compliance with dimension requirements is a critical road safety and asset protection issue.

Speeding Compliance and the Chain of Responsibility

Parties in the chain of responsibility (CoR) have a legal obligation under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (Chapter 5) to take all reasonable steps to ensure that a driver of a heavy vehicle does not commit a speeding offence.

Heavy vehicle operational requirements

There are many regulations that apply to the operation of heavy vehicles.

The following fact sheet aims to assist you to understand your obligations in relation to roadworthiness, vehicle standards, vehicle registration and driver licensing.

Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness, Vehicle Registration and Driver Licensing

Ensuring that the vehicles in your fleet are roadworthy, well-maintained and safe for use on the road is not just a legal requirement it also makes business sense.

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