Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Spt-Oct 2015 Contents IT HAS NOW been over 20 months since the
new Heavy Vehicle National Law (HNVL) or
commonly known as Chain of Responsibility
(CoR) Laws were introduced in Australia.
Already, there have been some high profile
prosecutions. In the Western Freight
Management versus Roads & Maritime Services
case, the driver for Western Freight told an
employee from the loading company to load
ten pallets on a certain part of the truck. The
loader placed six pallets instead of ten, leading
to an uneven load distribution and a breach
of the axle mass requirements. The driver
was distracted talking to other workers thirty
metres away and did not inspect the load
before leaving. The driver was fined $853 and
appealed, believing he had taken all reasonable
steps. The Court disagreed, saying he only
looked on from a distance and did not check
the load before he left. The driver ended up
paying $6,383 including RMS's legal costs.
While the penalties were at the lower end of
what could be imposed, largely as there was no
accident or fatality, larger trucking companies
like Scott's Transport, Lennon's Transport and
Coote's Transport has been less fortunate and
have been fined up to $1.25 million.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator does
need more transparency in that it should make
public within 14 days or following the expiry
of any appeal lodgement, successful prosecu-
tions, so that the whole industry can be better
informed and educated. The CoR message
is not getting out there fast enough or deep
enough, and having the prosecutions published
is a step towards changing this and making the
roads safer for everyone.
Members should be aware that an incident
could expose you to court action and severe pen-
alties from multiple jurisdictions, not to mention
damage to brand and personal reputations.
Everyone is now responsible in the supply chain,
from sender to receiver, so make sure you have
taken adequate steps to ensure compliance and to
minimise your risk. Get competent advice as well.
The large warehouse fire in late July on Peter
Brock Drive at Eastern Creek in Sydney is an
important reminder for members, so, too, the
fire a week earlier in the John Coote's Furniture
Warehouse. In the former, the relatively new
building was pummelled and flattened by hail
on ANZAC Day and was in the process of being
demolished. Make sure your flammable and
combustible policies and procedures are up
to date, as well as your fire systems and staff
training. Have you considered replacing the fire
prone halogen warehouse lights with LED lights?
It may also lower your insurance premiums.
Kerr Neilson, the co-founder of Platinum
Asset Management presented in Sydney in
July, and gave some interesting insights to the
Australian and Asia Pacific economies. He
mentioned that China's economy is slowing
quickly and there are rising bad debts,
especially outside the five main cities and in
regional areas. Average wages have increased
800% since the early 1990's and now sit at
around $A200 a week. While their economy is
growing at 4%, not the reported 7%, bad debts
are more like 5%, not the reported 1.5%. Their
economy is placing pressure on the Australian
dollar, which is great for exporters, but not for
importers or consumers in Australia.
On the bright side, he said that India was
showing great prospects, growing at 7%
annually and that its wheat production was
now 60% higher than the USA's. The Indian
Government has been working with poorer
communities, giving them access to electricity
and LPG, so as to promote cottage industries
and wealth. He said that he expected the
Australian dollar to fall further and that
Australian companies, SMSF and indeed
individuals, should be looking offshore for
returns. He said he invests heavily in India, to
take advantage of the increasingly deregulated
economy. His advice to Australia was that
deregulation needs to happen much faster, as
this is what allows the private sector to shine,
and so the supply chain and logistics industry.
Of the 2.1 million companies in Australia, 1.4
million have supply chain / logistics functions,
making it an important function for the success
of Australian businesses.
Turning to home
With our new website that was launched in May,
we now have the ability to provide advertising
space, which in turn will benefit all members.
The SCLAA has also facilitated digital access
to MHD magazine and Transport and Logistics
News for SCLAA members. Both publications
will be delivered to members' inboxes by
hyperlink, thereby ensuring they have access to
industry information quickly and wherever they
are located. MHD magazine will also feature the
SCLAA newsletter in each issue.
The SCLAA National Awards will be at Darling
Harbour in Sydney on November 4. Now is the
time to get your nomination in and book a table.
SCLAA National Chairman
FROM THE SCLAA
"The SCLAA has also facilitated digital access to
MHD magazine and Transport and Logistics News for
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