MORE than 300 people from across the supply chain took part in the 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit which identified many issues for industry and governments to address.
Jointly hosted by the Australian Logistics Council and the Australian Trucking Association, the Summit at Melbourne Park was the last major industry event before the start of changes to the Chain of Responsibility provisions in the Heavy Vehicle National Law on 1 October.
Delegates heard about initiatives to improve heavy vehicle safety from leading government figures, including the Deputy Prime Minister and minster for transport, infrastructure and regional development, Michael McCormack and Victorian minister for roads and ports, Luke Donnellan.
Several addresses explored opportunities to create a safer environment for heavy vehicle operators and for all road users via technology.
The Summit also focused heavily on the industry-wide Master Code for heavy vehicle safety, which has been jointly developed by ALC and the ATA over the past year.
Some major issues and areas for further action identified were:
- End-to-end supply chain collaboration on safety;
- The Master Code is relevant to all parts of the industry, including smaller operators;
- Increasing duplication throughout the auditing system for heavy vehicles; and
- Jurisdictional inconsistencies in the enforcement of CoR and the HVNL remain a significant frustration.