Media release: Safety and compliance: top priorities for carriers

With new Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws commencing next year, peak body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) continues to work with its members and industry stakeholders to ensure safety and compliance are front and centre of the daily operations of heavy vehicles on our roads.

Responding to weekend media reports about concerns over truck safety, RFNSW General Manager Simon O’Hara says “our members who have worked in the industry for many years have always, and will always maintain, that safety on the road network is paramount.”

“We would have appreciated the opportunity to have some input into the articles to give our members’ perspectives on truck safety. After all, they balance safety and compliance, with their cost imperatives, as few others do,” Mr O’Hara said today.

“RFNSW meets with our members and stakeholders like RMS and NHVR regularly to raise any issues we have around safety policies and compliance, with strategies then developed and implemented, as part of our commitment to heavy vehicle safety on NSW roads.

“Amendments to CoR laws commencing in mid-2018, means that drivers will be required to undertake daily checks of their trucks, assess any operational risks and ensure they are fully compliant, otherwise businesses will suffer. We’re sending the message that everyone in the supply chain has a role to play, not just carriers.

“RFNSW also believes that the adoption of new technologies and ongoing public education campaigns focusing on road safety overall, will assist in curbing preventable accidents and fatalities.”

The RFNSW annual conference, to be held in Sydney on 1 November, will focus on how carriers can gain the knowledge and expertise to successfully operate under the new CoR laws, ensuring that safety and compliance are at the forefront of their businesses. For more information about the RFNSW conference, go to