Heavy vehicles / Rules & compliance / Chain of responsibility

Chain of responsibility laws recognise that off-road parties may have a role in influencing on-road behaviours

Chain of responsibility

Chain of responsibility (COR) recognises the on-road effects of actions, inactions and demands of off-road parties in the transport and supply chain, and provides for their accountability.

COR laws aim to ensure that any off-road party in a position to control, influence or encourage particular on-road behaviour is identified and held appropriately accountable - keeping our drivers and community safe and making sure our transport networks remain productive.

Changes to Chain of Responsibility 1 October 2018

On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended. More information can be found on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator chain of responsibility section of their website.


Chain of responsibility in the Heavy Vehicle National Law

COR provisions are covered in the following chapters of the HVNL:

  • Chapter 3 Vehicle operations – standards and safety
  • Chapter 4 Vehicle operations – mass, dimension and loading
  • Chapter 5 Vehicle operations – speeding
  • Chapter 6 Vehicle operations – driver fatigue
  • Chapter 8 Accreditation

The HVNL is currently in place in Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Find out more

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator administers the HVNL and can help you with any questions about day-to-day chain of responsibility obligations.



Last Updated: 15/11/2018