COR changes to be outlined at Deniliquin forum

By: Tamara Whitsed


Drivers and operators are invited to a breakfast forum at Deniliquin in June.

COR changes to be outlined at Deniliquin forum
Paul Fellows from Fellows Bulk Transport plans to attend the Deniliquin Heavy Vehicle Forum.

 

The Deniliquin trucking community has welcomed news that a heavy vehicle forum will be held in the New South Wales town on Wednesday, June 13.

Paul Fellows of Fellows Bulk Transport says he and many of his staff plan to attend the Deniliquin Heavy Vehicle Forum.

"The police, RMS and the transport operators – we all have the same aim, and that is to be safe on the roads," Fellows says. "And it gives us a chance to talk to the police and the RMS and ask them questions about compliance and get some feedback from them."

Transport operators and truck drivers are invited to the forum at Deniliquin RSL which begins with a complimentary breakfast at 6.30am.

The forum is being hosted by Edward River Council, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and NSW Police. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about changes to the Chain of Responsibility (COR) legislation due to come into effect in October. Robbie Wilson from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will discuss the changes during his presentation.

Inspector Phil Brooks from NSW Police and Charles Hussey, Riverina Operations Manager for Roads and Maritime Services will both discuss heavy vehicle enforcement.

Other guest speakers will be Bernard Carlon, Executive Director for the NSW Centre for Road Safety and Ben Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

Sgt Steven Bloomfield is encouraging operators and drivers to attend the breakfast forum.

The forum has been instigated by Sergeant Steven Bloomfield of Deniliquin Highway Patrol. He is well known in Deniliquin’s trucking community – not just because of his policing role, but also because of his long history as a truck magazine cartoonist.

Bloomfield believes much can be achieved when truckies and authorities listen to each other: "It takes away a lot of the fear and misunderstanding and the flow of information is very important – both ways."

Bloomfield adds the forum is timely, given approaching COR changes. "We want to try to help people understand changes in the laws that are coming into place before they actually get here. What we do as police isn’t all about enforcement. Education is a big part of it."

He invites anyone who is a stakeholder in the transport industry to attend, especially those in the Southern Riverina. "It will be an event that’s got a local flavour."

Operators and drivers wishing to attend should contact Ken Spence on 0428 597 049 or email ken.spence@edwardriver.nsw.gov.au

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