NSW Government talks tough on road freight laws
Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport David Borger said the state’s Chain of Responsibility laws should be tightened in the road freight industry.
Mr Border confirmed the NSW Government is strongly committed to holding all parties in the supply chain accountable for achieving high levels of safety and compliance in road freight.
“Business, industry and union leaders have impressed me with their passionate support for Chain of Responsibility laws,” Mr Borger said.
“The NSW Road Freight Advisory Council’s advice is clear: these laws are driving profound improvements in safety culture and compliance in the road freight and logistics sector, particularly amongst freight customers – and these leaders want it to continue.
“The council has told me it’s essential the Chain of Responsibility laws are not undermined or brought into doubt, and they’ve expressed concern that a recent Supreme Court judgement might be perceived as having that effect..
“We won’t allow that to happen and I’ve agreed to examine urgently whether Chain of Responsibility laws in NSW should be further strengthened.”
The Road Freight Advisory Council will work closely with the Minister to conduct this review focusing on improving safety, compliance and economic efficiency.
“There are many opportunities to ensure our roads are being used efficiently,” Mr Borger said. “We can improve safety and raise economic productivity by ensuring freight is delivered more efficiently. Our freight routes must successfully connect right through to the customer’s door.
“The NSW Road Freight Advisory Council is exceptionally well-regarded within the NSW Government and I’m looking forward to working closely with the council on these issues.”