Speed is but one of the identified causation factors giving rise to heavy vehicle crashes and fatalities. Nonetheless it is important that all those in the logistics chain accept their responsibility to deliver safety outcomes in the operation of heavy vehicles.
The Queensland Government passed the Transport Legislation Amendment Act (no# 13) 2010, based on the National Road Transport Reform (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2003. This included amendments to the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 to incorporate heavy vehicle speed compliance legislation.
Heavy Vehicle Speed Compliance Legislation (extending to Chain of Responsibility provisions) was implemented by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads on 1st July 2010. This was part of the national model legislation developed by the National Transport Commission and approved by the Australian Transport Council in December 2007.
Supplementary legislation was also introduced extending to the Compliance & Enforcement penalties and sanctions provisions to include Formal Warnings and Improvement Notices. In addition Court based sanctions might include Supervisory Intervention Orders and Compensation Orders. These provisions come into effect from 29th November 2010.
Heavy vehicle speed compliance focuses on the chain of responsibility and places obligations on certain parties within the transport chain to ensure their actions or inaction's do not cause the driver of a heavy vehicle to exceed any speed limit. The provisions in the legislation are preventative in nature and seek to ensure that business practices do not encourage heavy vehicle speeding.
While the new Legislation does not change the obligations on owners, operators and drivers to obey the Law with respect to speed compliance, it also does not provide a “get out of jail free card” to drivers who have the ability to directly manage the speed of their vehicle. Owners and operators have an obligation to take reasonable steps in respect of the behaviour of their drivers and their vehicles. It is not sufficient for operators, managers, consignors of freight and others to simply dispatch the heavy vehicle and take no responsibility for its on road behaviour.
Speed Compliance Guides
The Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads have also developed Speed Compliance Guides for:
The above Guidelines can be downloaded from the Transport & Main Roads website.