Australian Chain of Responsibility laws have changed. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has introduced tougher penalties, including jail time, for breaches of the new federal legislation. The end game is to reduce accident and fatality rates in the road transport industry and keep heavy vehicle drivers and road users safe. The changes include additional responsibilities around vehicle safety and standards, and reinforce state laws relating to loading, dimensions, speed and fatigue management.
To help you meet your new obligations, we’ve created the NHVR SMS checklist. It’s free to download and also free to use in iAuditor and provides a general guide for you to start managing CoR responsibilities.
This inspection checklist can be used to record problems and mechanical issues or defects. It can also be used to prepare for the DOT annual vehicle inspection. We recommend a certified technician carry out the inspection. Record the type, identification and mileage of the vehicle and take photographs of its general condition. The template includes checks on administrative conformance, brake systems, fuel systems, trailer conditions and other components. The report includes space for safe vehicle operation tips and rating of the overall condition of the vehicle.
Use this checklist before commencing long commercial trips to ensure your truck or heavy vehicle is roadworthy. Conduct a
walk-around of the vehicle making sure to inspect the general condition of the vehicle, exterior, in-cab and
engine compartment. Conclude by rating the overall condition and roadworthiness of the vehicle.
Use this template when conducting regular driver training assessments for commercial vehicle drivers. Regular training and
ride-alongs can help recognize best practice behaviours and identify and remedy bad driving practices. This mobile
checklist can be used by an assessor while as a passenger and be used offline. Begin by capturing basic information
of the driver and ensure pre-start checks are done correctly. During the drive, monitor engine management, driving
technique and professionalism. Complete the report by assessing shut-down procedures, grade the overall outcome
and get the driver to sign off. Prepare a final PDF copy of the report without even leaving the vehicle.
Use this vehicle accident report to generate and maintain accurate register logs of accidents. Keeping up to date accident
records can help improve safety performance of the vehicle during operation. Start by detailing the root cause
of the accident, documenting physical damage of the vehicle vehicle and record witness statements. The inspector
can also capture photo evidence of the injuries and environment and track the exact location of the accident
All commercial vehicle drivers are required to pass regular drug and alcohol tests to prevent road problems, ensure quality
work operations and improve safety. Use this template when conducting drug and alcohol testing for your drivers.
Record the driver’s consent via signature and document the alcohol and drug testing results. Generate a completed
report for future reference and record keeping for future audits.
Most commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) weighing over 10,000 pounds have to undergo an annual DOT inspection. These inspections
are carried out by qualified DOT inspectors who check all CMVs on the road are safe and in good working condition
and that the business has proper record keeping processes in place. An inspection can cover the following items:
Getting started with these free iAuditor truck inspection checklists can help prepare you for your next DOT annual inspection.
You can download and modify these templates to suit your business and commercial fleet.
iAuditor gives you the flexibility to power any inspection you require - onsite, underground, and across the globe. Inspect
construction sites, restaurants inspections for food safety, conduct temperature checks, pre-flight checks, toolbox
talks and more. It is the mobile forms inspection solution for all industries.