Chain of Responsibility

Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation was introduced into WA law on 27 April 2015, to recognise the responsibilities that others have in the transportation of goods by road, beyond that of just the driver and operator, including  company directors - employers - unincorporated associations and partners in a managed partnership.

The general objectives are to:

  • Improve road safety
  • Reduce infrastructure damage
  • Improve deterrence and enforcement;
  • Promote a level playing field for industry; and
  • Improve business efficiency and compliance.

Put simply,  the introduction of CoR it now means anyone who has control in the transport chain can be held legally accountable if by action, inaction or demand, they cause or contribute to road safety breaches.

 The Chain of Responsibility legislation is contained in the Road Traffic (Administration) Act 2008 and the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012 and is accessible on the State Law Publisher's website.

Aoverview of the introduction of CoR into WA and FAQs are available for download.

Chain of Responsibility Prosecutions for 2018

The table below lists prosecutions heard in Western Australia, where a party in the road transport supply chain has been convicted of an offence under Chain of Responsibility legislation.

​Court Date​Party Convicted​Offence ​Fine Issued
​June 2018Responsible Person​Dimension Breach (width)​$5,000.00​
June 2018​Responsible Person​​Dimension Breach
(rear overhang)​
June 2018​Responsible Person​​Overload (tandem)​$10,000.00​
May 2018​​Driver​​Load Restraint​$1,000.00​
​May 2018​Driver​Notice Breach (off route)​$1,000.00​
​May 2018​Responsible Person​​Permit Breach (off route)$5,000.00​
April 2018​Driver​Overload (tri)​$1,600.00
April 2018​Driver​Overload (tri)​$2000.00
April 2018​​Driver​Permit Breach (off route)​$2500.00
April 2018Driver​Overload (tri)​$500.00
March 2018​DriverLoad Restraint​$500.00
​March 2018​Responsible Person​Overload (quad)​$10,000.00
​March 2018​Responsible PersonFalse, misleading information​$1,500.00
March 2018DirectorFalse, misleading information​$500.00
​March 2018Responsible Person​Overload (quad)​$10,000.00
​March 2018Responsible Person​Overload (tri)​$300.00
March 2018​Responsible Person​Overload (tri)​$900.00
​March 2018Responsible Person​Overload ​(tri)​$300.00
​March 2018​Responsible Person​​​Overload (tri)​​$500.00
March 2018​​Responsible Person​​Overload (tandem)​​$33,000.00
March 2018​​Responsible Person​​Overload (tandem)Global Penalty - see above​
March 2018​​Responsible Person​​Overload (tri)Global Penalty - see above​
March 2018​​Responsible Person​Overload (gross)​Global Penalty - see above
March 2018​​Driver​Permit Breach (off route)​$1,000.00
March 2018​​Driver​Notice Breach (off route)​$5,000.00
​March 2018​Responsible Person​Overload (quad)​$10,000.00
​January 2018​DriverPermit Breach (off route)​​$1,000.00​
January 2018​​DriverPermit Breach (off route)​​$1,000.00​
​January 2018Driver​​Permit Breach (off route)​$1,000.00
January 2018​​Driver​Overload Modified Mass (Tri)​$2,000.00

A list of prosecutions heard in Western Australia in 2017, where a party in the road transport supply chain has been convicted of an offence under Chain of Responsibility legislation is also available.

Fact sheets

This series of Fact Sheets provides relevant information on the roles and responsibilities of specific parties within the road transport chain:

Fremantle Ports have also created a Guide to Container Weight Declarations to assist operators.


Modified: 28 Jun 2018