Compliance is a core element of our business. This section outlines some of the aspects that are important in delivering services that comply with current legislation. We also offer Compliance Services so that you can focus on your core business while we make sure that legal requirements are met. Find out more about our Compliance Services here.

1. Drug and Alcohol Testing

We have a program of random drug and alcohol testing procedures, with a zero tolerance policy in place for proven substance abuse. All company employees and contractors are subject to our drug and alcohol policy. The testing is performed regularly and administered by competent, accredited external agencies.

2. Driver Performance

In keeping with our goal of setting best possible industry practice, we regularly assess driver performance, focused on upholding industry and governmental OH&S compliance measures. We are also strongly committed to the mental and physical health and wellbeing of our employees. All vehicles within our fleet are fitted with the latest GPS units which are monitored for delivery times, speeding infringements, erratic driving and emissions control.

3. Vehicle Maintenance

All vehicles over 4.5t GVM are compliant within the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS). This inspection and registration process ensures all equipment is at a highly maintained standard. Regulated by independent auditors and state based government agencies, this system dictates our overall approach to vehicle maintenance.

4. Safety

Fully up to date with all governmental OH&S legislation, we have devised a unique OH&S strategy with the formation of an internal ‘shared services group’. Designed to establish and maintain a best practice system of compliance and incident minimisation, the group consists of a driver training manager, rehabilitation coordinator, OH&S coordinator and a shared services manager. With no compromise made and the belief that all accidents are avoidable, our standards include the provision of optimal safe working conditions throughout the company. These steps include, but are not limited to, practical accident avoidance schemes, on and off site training courses, regular equipment maintenance and a ‘no blame’ incident reporting system.


5. Chain of Responsibility

Under compliance and enforcement provisions, everyone in the supply chain has a general duty to ensure breaches of road transport laws do not occur. All parties need to make sure that their action or inaction does not contribute to or encourage breaches of road transport laws. If a party's actions, inactions or demands cause or contribute to road safety breaches they can be held legally accountable.

Put simply: influence = responsibility = legal liability.

At the BT Group we are aware of the roles and responsibilities of parties in the supply chain and it is important to us that our business partners abide by the legislation as well. More information about the legislation is contained in the drop down menu below. Additionally, you can learn more about fatigue management and the chain of responsibility by watching the videos on this page.


Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Video

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 1

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 2

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 3

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 4

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 5

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 6

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 7

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 8

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 9

Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Part 10

As an operator, manager, or scheduler of a business involved in road transport, your responsibilities also include ensuring that: 
• rosters and schedules do not require drivers to exceed driving hours regulations or speed limits
• you keep records of your drivers' activities, including work and rest times
• you take all reasonable steps to ensure drivers do not work while impaired by fatigue or drive in breach of their work or rest 
• vehicles are regularly maintained, and if speed limiters are fitted they are functioning properly
• vehicles are not loaded in a way which exceeds mass or dimension limits
• drivers moving freight containers have a valid Container Weight Declaration
• loads are appropriately restrained with appropriate restraint equipment (see the National Transport Commission's Load restraint 
  guide for more information).
As consignor or consignee your responsibilities include ensuring that: 

• loads do not exceed vehicle mass or dimension limits
• goods carried on your behalf are able to be appropriately secured
• operators carrying freight containers have a valid Container Weight Declaration
• your delivery requirements do not require or encourage drivers to:
  - exceed the speed limits
  - exceed regulated driving hours
  - fail to meet the minimum rest requirements
  - drive while impaired by fatigue.
Loading managers, loaders and packers must ensure that loading a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle will not cause or contribute to the driver driving while impaired by fatigue or in contravention of road transport laws. 

Loading manager responsibilities include:

• working with other off-road parties to make reasonable arrangements to manage loading/unloading time slots
• ensuring vehicles are loaded/unloaded as quickly and efficiently as possible
• putting systems in place for unexpected jobs - for example where there have been unexpected road delays.

Loader responsibilities include ensuring a vehicle's load:

• does not exceed vehicle mass or dimension limits
• does not cause the vehicle to exceed mass limits
• is placed in a way so it does not become unstable, move or fall off the vehicle.

Unreliable weight information makes it difficult for drivers to comply with the law. Packer responsibilities include ensuring:

• documentation about the vehicle's load is not false or misleading
• any goods packed in a freight container do not cause the container's gross weight or safety approval rating to be exceeded
  (also see Container Weight Declarations).
As a driver your responsibilities include making sure that you:

• comply with relevant fatigue management work and rest laws and procedures to implement them
• make sure you make the most of your rest breaks by sleeping in dark, quiet and comfortable places
• respond to changes in circumstances (such as delays) and report these to your base (if possible) to implement short-term 
  fatigue management measures
• ensure your vehicle does not exceed mass or dimension limits
• ensure your load is appropriately restrained.

Additional responsibilities for owner-drivers include:

• making sure your drivers are medically fit to drive
• making sure your vehicles are roadworthy and well maintained
• keeping full and accurate records as required by law.