The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recognises the important role growers, farmers and fishermen play in feeding Australians and providing quality produce to overseas markets. We also know how important safe, reliable road transport is to all road users. We want to help make our roads safe by ensuring that everyone in the road transport supply chain understands—and follows—the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
Primary producers, as parties in the road transport supply chain, have specific obligations under the HVNL to ensure safety by preventing a breach of the law; this is called the Chain of Responsibility (CoR). It requires each party with the ability to control or influence the transport activity to take positive steps to prevent mass, load restraint, dimension, fatigue and speed offences.
As a primary producer, any time you send or receive goods using a vehicle that can carry more than 4.5 tonnes— regardless of whether the vehicle is yours or someone else’s— you become part of the supply chain. You therefore have a shared responsibility to prevent breaches of the law.