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Why vehicle weighing is essential when it comes to Chain of Responsibility

Editorial

Vehicle overloading is a serious offence that can attract heavy penalties for everyone in the transport supply chain. The Chain of Responsibility (COR) Legislation stipulates that each person or party in the transport supply chain shares equal responsibility for ensuring the vehicle’s compliance with road laws, which means anyone in that supply chain can be held legally liable for breaches.

This also means that everyone from company directors, the person or company commissioning the carriage of goods, packers and drivers to the person or entity paying for the goods or taking possession of the load, can be held legally accountable; it’s therefore incumbent on everyone along the chain to make sure that breaches are avoided.

Overloading compromises road safety

Carrying loads over the vehicle’s capacity can affect its stability, leading to safety risks. For example, braking distances may be longer, the vehicle may be unstable due to cargo being loaded incorrectly and the performance and handling of the vehicle may be affected, all of which can increase the risk of an accident and compromise the safety of drivers and other road users.

In addition to the possibility of damage to the vehicle as well as safety issues, overloading can also cause accelerated road wear; it is therefore imperative that anyone involved in the transport of goods ensures their vehicle loads are safe and that they’re within legal limits.

Importance of accurate vehicle weighing

Reliable and accurate weighing of vehicles - an important element of COR compliance - can be achieved with the use of appropriate equipment such as onboard vehicle weighing systems and weighbridges. Using this equipment, drivers and fleet managers can make sure that individual axle loads of the vehicle are within legal limits and the cargo has been safely loaded.

With the use of premium vehicle weighing equipment, the operator ensures that loads are measured accurately in real time, which enables optimum vehicle loading the first time. This saves both time and money and improves productivity and operational efficiencies while ensuring COR compliance.

Vehicle weighing eliminates guesswork

By taking the guesswork out of road transport, vehicle weighing systems eliminate any potential for COR infringements. A recent case in the NSW Supreme Court involved a freight carrier who was prosecuted for breach of mass requirements. The magistrate found that the driver did not take reasonable steps to prevent the contravention and that he had simply assumed the forklift operator was doing his job properly. An onboard weighing system in this instance would have helped the carrier avoid the COR infringement case and the subsequent prosecution.

An onboard vehicle weighing system provides precise and accurate measurements, eliminating any doubt. They can be fitted to the transport vehicle’s chassis or suspension system or the loading equipment (including a forklift, end loader or crane) and are suitable for any type of vehicle from a full-length road train to a light commercial vehicle.

Australia’s leading supplier of onboard vehicle weighing systems and onboard truck scales, AccuOnboard combines its experience and expertise to offer solutions for companies along the chain of responsibility, ensuring their absolute compliance with COR legislation.

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