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Recent National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s prosecution case – a timely reminder for all companies and staff on their Primary Duty

15 December 2023

On 4 December 2023, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (Regulator) prosecution case against a transport company and some of its executives, for various breaches of the National Heavy Vehicle Law (NHVL) – including the most serious being Category 1 breaches – was heard at the Downing Centre Court in New South Wales. The case concerned the incident on the Eastern Freeway in April 2020 where four Victoria Police officers were killed whilst conducting a roadside intercept.

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legal professional privilege

Legal professional privilege and poker – never show your hand too early

16 May 2022

The Federal Court recently handed down a decision in respect of the attempt by TerraCom, an Australian resources and energy company, to seek a declaration that a report seized by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) during an investigation was subject to legal professional privilege (Report).

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To gift or not to gift

10 September 2021

The case of Kennedy v Proctor [2021 VSC 521] concerns a dispute as to whether a horse known as ‘Ishker’ was loaned or gifted by Ms Kennedy to Ms Proctor. It was a decision appealed from the Magistrates’ Court to the Court of Appeal.

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Large fine for Fatigue Breaches under Heavy Vehicle National Law

02 September 2020

During these difficult times, it is important that all members of the supply chain remember their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and, in particular, their primary duty under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) provisions. The potential financial and legal ramifications of failing to comply with those obligations can be significant as seen in a recent case in Queensland.

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ROSI, Australia, Transport

Australian Government gives green light for Roads of Strategic Importance initiatives

06 May 2020

On Wednesday 29 April 2020, the Australian Federal Government and the Queensland Government announced that works on 22 jointly funded projects would be brought forward under the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative. The full announcement is available here.

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enforceable undertaking, Transport

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator accepts first enforceable undertaking

01 May 2020

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd (Laing O’Rourke). This is the first enforceable undertaking of its kind to be accepted by the NHVR.

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Surveillance in the workplace

23 July 2019

With the ever increasing responsibility on companies and their directors and officers to ensure safety and security in the workplace, as well as to ensure compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), various forms of workplace surveillance are increasingly being used by employers in the transport and logistics industry.

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Overloading of Heavy Vehicles – recent prosecutions under the Heavy Vehicle National Law

03 August 2018

There has been a recent focus on breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) in the lead up to the implementation on 1 October 2018 of the primary duty obligations under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) provisions of the HVNL.

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