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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2018
44 ALC EVENTS ß CoR compliance will increasingly factor into procurement and contract arrangements. Both governments and listed companies are writing CoR compliance requirements into contractual arrangements, and won’t deal with businesses that can’t demonstrate compliance. Through the delivery of the Master Code, ALC will assist businesses to develop procedures that they need to not only ensure compliance, but also demonstrate it. ß Training is vital. Businesses need to make certain that their employees (and subcontractors) understand their CoR obligations. ALC will emphasise the importance of building CoR compliance components into employee training modules for both new and existing employees. ß Relatively low cost of entry to industry poses safety risks. Often new entrants to the sector are failing to invest adequately in vehicle safety and CoR compliance. ALC will continue our advocacy on operator accreditation/ compliance, and will work with regulators to encourage a particular focus on compliance in this area of the market, especially given anticipated growth in ecommerce and peer-to-peer freight delivery models. ß Executives need to understand CoR compliance and the effectiveness of their organisation’s systems. Board reporting on CoR is not just a good way of ensuring that obligations are being complied with – it is also a good way of keeping safety issues a priority for businesses. ALC will continue to work with industry to develop metrics for CoR board reporting that makes the information provided to executives meaningful, and capable of driving safety and business improvement. ß Heavy vehicles are still over-represented in accident and fatality statistics – even though heavy vehicle drivers are not always the party at fault. Trend lines have started to run the wrong way – and this is not a time for complacency. ALC will engage with law enforcement and regulatory agencies to help to determine what factors are driving this (including illicit drug use), and to assist with the development and delivery of strategies to combat them. ß Messages about load restraint/overloading are still not penetrating the whole of the industry. ALC will continue to support regulators’ efforts to promote this critical safety issue, particularly among smaller and independent operators. ALC DIALOGUE The seventh annual Dialogue between ALC and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development took place in Canberra on 5 May 2017. This event continues to go from strength to strength, and the discussions that occurred at the Dialogue again proved to be equally beneficial to the industry and government representatives who took part. ALC used the occasion to release its Working Paper, Possible Contents of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which built on the discussions at ALC Forum 2017 and set some clear industry benchmarks for the Strategy. Among the key issues discussed on the day were: ß progressing road pricing reform ß coastal shipping reform ß achieving greater national consistency in regulation ß gaps in data about freight movement and how to address them ß moving freight through urban areas ß technological disruption in supply chains. continued on page 46