Chain of responsibility in civil construction education program starts this month

9 October 2015

Roads and Maritime Services will lead a series of ‘chain of responsibility’ workshops starting this month as part of an education program to inform the civil construction and transport industries on safe and compliant transport operations.

“With a significant increase in the number of infrastructure projects taking place across the state it is crucial heavy vehicles being operated as part of these projects are compliant with road transport law and any associated risks are properly managed,” A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime will host a series of chain of responsibility workshops across the state to educate industry on best practice with a specific focus on civil construction starting on 12 October.

“These workshops provide an opportunity to engage with the civil construction industry and help review and understand its obligations regarding the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the ‘chain of responsibility’.

“Chain of responsibility laws are aimed at parties who can direct or influence the behaviour of the driver.

These strong laws focus on ensuring all parties in the ‘chain of responsibility’ take all reasonable steps to ensure the driver complies with the law.

“This means all parties in the supply chain share a responsibility to ensure unsafe practices are eradicated from our road network.

“Last year Roads and Maritime inspectors carried out more than 550,000 heavy vehicle inspections to improve safety for all road users.

“Targeted enforcement, balanced with education initiatives like these workshops, is helping to change industry culture and practices.

“Roads and Maritime acknowledges the advances achieved by many companies operating in NSW but there is opportunity for improvement in safe road transport practices.

“Any individual in the chain of responsibility who is found to have breached the law regarding mass, dimension, load restraint, driver fatigue and speeding risks fines exceeding $10,000, and suspension or cancellation of vehicle registration and/or driver licence. Penalties for corporations are five times the maximum for any individual,” A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

The workshops will take place between 9am and 11.45am at:

  • 12 October Baulkham Hills
  • 21 October Sydney CBD
  • 28 October Newcastle
  • 13 November Rooty Hill

For information on the chain of responsibility workshops contact


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