Truck, highway, generic, heavy vehicle, file photo
Truck, highway, generic, heavy vehicle, file photo Kirstin Payne

CoR still causing headaches

THE new Chain of Responsibility laws shouldn't be a cause for concern, expert Colin Karlson said.

The HNVL amendment came into effect on October 1 and he said the requirements were causing needless panic.

"Quite frankly, most of the good transport companies don't have to do a bloody thing except make sure their risk assessments are in place and the controls align with what they actually do,” he said.

But truckie Nathan Guy Richardson said it was "easy for him and the NHVR to say all that”.

"They aren't footing the bill or have to micro- manage everyone all day, every day,” he said.

"I bet he'd have a different tune if he owned a business and worked in the business also.

"Our HVNL is flawed beyond the point of repair. Riddle me this, is a timber merchant responsible for how a builder constructs a house? Is an electrical wholesaler responsible for an electrician's job? Then think about this CoR nonsense and the people that are now responsible in the web of legal liability.”

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