It is a criminal offence to exceed the mass limit of a heavy goods vehicle. Overloaded heavy vehicles affect the safety of drivers and all road users, and are a major cause of accidents, injuries and fatalities. In addition, overloaded vehicles escalate a company’s operating costs by increasing wear and tear on vehicles, causing breakdowns, and upping fuel and maintenance costs.
The NHVR’s Chain of Responsibility (CoR) provisions, which were incorporated into the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) in 2013, mean that anyone controlling or influencing heavy vehicle operations, not just drivers, has to comply with the law.
Drivers, loaders, packers, weighbridge staff, consignors, managers, and senior executives are responsible for preventing overloading, if they influence the mass of the vehicle or its load.
On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), and associated Chain of Responsibility (CoR) provisions, was amended to provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a primary duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities.