Chain of Responsibility


The introduction of ‘Chain of Responsibility’ (CoR) provisions into road transport law was a milestone moment for road safety in Western Australia and CoR legislation was introduced into WA law on 27 April 2015.

The national model Road Transport Reform (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill introduces the concept of ‘Chain of Responsibility’, 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 of CoR 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, with 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. All persons within the Chain of Responsibility need to demonstrate (within their own roles):

  • They had taken all reasonable steps to prevent a breach;
  • There were no reasonable steps they could have taken to prevent the breach; and
  • There was no way they could reasonably be expected to know about the breach.

 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:

An Overview of the Changes and a list ofFAQs are available for download. 

CoR Fact Sheets
Modified: 27 Oct 2017