Under Chain of Responsibility law, everyone across the supply chain shares an equal responsibility to comply with Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), even if you don’t drive or operate a heavy vehicle.

You are considered part of the road transport supply chain if you have any control or responsibility over any transport task, such as consigning, packing, loading, or receiving goods as part of your business.

The supply chain also extends to corporate entities, directors, partners and managers, who are all accountable for the actions of people under their control. 

All parties in the supply chain must take reasonable steps to prevent breaches of HVNL, including:

  • road transport mass, dimension, and loading
  • speed compliance
  • work hours laws.

Visit the Chain of Responsibility section of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's website for more information.

Last updated: 7 November 2023