The Chain of Responsibility legislation was introduced into Western Australia on the 27th April 2015 and recognises each party’s responsibilities in the transportation of goods including:
Put simply, it means that anyone who has control in the transport chain can be held legally accountable if by action, inaction or demand, they cause or contribute to road safety breaches.
In the event of a breach, all persons within the chain can be held accountable and will need to demonstrate:
• They had taken all reasonable steps to prevent a breach
• There were no reasonable steps they could have taken to prevent a breach; and
• There was no way they could reasonably be expected to know about the breach.
All parties within the chain must be satisfied their programs and compliance systems for road transport are in place and adequately meet their obligations under the law.
NOTE: The chain of responsibility laws apply to all vehicle types, including light vehicles less than 4.5 tonnes, and will apply to vehicle mass, dimension and load restraint breaches.
Further information on the Chain of Responsibility legislation and what you will need to ensure compliance can be found HERE:
During harvest, it is the responsibility of the grower and transporter for meeting mass, dimension and load restraint requirements, while ensuring the mass limits set to the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) under the specified Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) network are adhered with.
During harvest, Bunge has the right to inspect vehicles that enter our sites, to ensure that vehicles are compliant with the Chain of Responsibility legislation. This includes checking of weights, vehicle road worthiness and general maintenance. If Bunge finds that a vehicle or operator is not adhering to the Chain of Responsibility legislation, it will ask that vehicle to leave site until the issue is resolved.
Under the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) a vehicle that exceeds the 10% tolerance of the total vehicles VRL, will be deemed as overloaded and has the option to leave site to correct the load or forfeit the overloaded tonnes.
Bunge encourages growers and transporters to forfeit the grain at all times. If you chose to take your overloaded vehicle off-site you may potentially breach the Chain of Responsibility legislation.
For further information on the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS), please visit:
Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) Network
The Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) network determines the heavy vehicle combination that is permitted to travel on Western Australian roads. It applies to vehicles that are over 42.5 tonnes with a total combination greater than 19 metres, or 12.5 metres when not part of a combination.
RAV road ratings are determined by Main Roads and local shires and are subject to change at any time. It is therefore important to keep up to date with any changes to road rating to ensure your vehicle is permitted to travel on the roads you are using to deliver grain. Travelling on roads that are not rated to your vehicle is a potential breach of the Chain of Responsibility legislation and penalties may apply.
Travelling on roads that are not rated to your vehicle is a potential breach of Chain of Responsibility legislation and penalties may apply.
Further information on Main Roads WA RAV Network can be found here: