UNDERSTANDING your obligations under chain of responsibility requirement can be hard, and that's why Roxanne Mysko started her new business.
CTRS Solutions is the name of the new business, which deals with compliance, training, recruitment and safety solutions.
Ms Mysko comes from a South Australian trucking family and holds an MC licence.
She grew up in a "triple-road-train environment", often travelling from Adelaide to Cairns, to Darwin and far north Western Australia.
With first-hand industry experience she understands the hard work and long hours involved with the job.
"A lot of the truckies miss a lot of valuable family time," she said and could not afford fines, which were very easy to avoid if compliance was understood and implemented.
Ms Mysko held a position in the NSW Government road transport authority now known as RMS, as manager of education, industry liaison and publications for the Heavy Vehicle Compliance and Enforcement branch.
While in this position she was invited to role play in chain of responsibility mock trials for federal legislation.
"Having worked inside a regulator and having a background in the industry, and a qualified educator, I can understand all sides of the fence," she said.
Big Rigs asked Ms Mysko to give readers her tips for ensuring they comply with the legislation.
Drivers must not breach work hours without an exceptionally good reason.
If there was a need, the driver should get approval in writing from a manager to continue the journey, this could be via a text message from manager's phone, after a conversation has taken place.
The manager should do a verbal on-the-phone fatigue assessment to assess if the driver is not fatigued to continue the journey, usually for a short period of time.
This approval may be given so the driver has access to amenities for his long rest period.
Every operator must know what hours they are operating under standard, basic fatigue management or advanced fatigue management before making any decisions on hours being exceeded.
All schedulers and drivers must know their equipment for every load and journey.
The mass will be critical for the prime mover and trailers being used for the task. No overloaded equipment should be transported, unless they are permitted to be over mass/dimension. All equipment should be weighed regularly when empty so mass management can be accurate.
It is critical to document a safe journey plan and assess all access routes prior to leaving any location.
This is the responsibility of managers, schedulers and drivers.
Drivers need to be informed of low bridges and bridges with weight restrictions. All jurisdictions can and will provide this information to help you.
Truck limiters are critical to limiting human error, so I would advise that all trucks have limiters and they are validated regularly for owners' peace of mind. Drivers should be given written warnings if they break speed limits.
All drivers must do a pre-start vehicle check prior to operating any equipment.
Pre-starts will need to identify any equipment or repairs needed and report them. If there are major repairs needed the vehicle should not be driven on the road before repairs are carried out.
Given there is a skill shortage with experienced drivers managers of an organisation should train drivers on the basics of mechanical expectations and inform them what is safe and what would be considered unsafe. These may need to be ongoing training sessions.
To contact Ms Mysko, phone 0429 093 450.
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