• 05/15 – Compliance and Enforcement – Bus Operators

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    WATM | May 2015
    By Mike Wood (LATUS).

    C&E/CoR does not stop at the trucking companies and includes bus operators. On the front page of the Road Traffic Bill of 2011 and highlighted is the magic word ‘passengers’.

    So what does that mean to bus operators? Bus operators must take reasonable steps to ensure that the service they provide meets the criteria of road law and methods are in place to ensure that all reasonable steps are documented and auditable.

    Let me draw your attention to the diagram from the NTC. It talks about ‘Consignors, Loaders, Operators, Schedulers, Drivers and Receivers’, all have a part to play in CoR. Although some of the terms are very truck oriented, most of them are common to buses.

    Although the terms may not be used in an industry or business, the law looks at the intent of the role and not the title of the role.

    Looking at the list below the comparison of terms becomes clear:

    • Consignor – the person or group that commissions the movement of goods or passengers
    • Packer /Loader – the person responsible for actually loading or coordinating the load on a vehicle (pallets or people)
    • Operating – the company or entity operating a transport vehicle for hire or reward
    • Scheduling – the person coordinating route plans, time tables or schedules
    • Driving – the actual driver of any vehicle used in a commercial manner
    • Receiver – the person or entity who receives the goods or passengers

    The areas these roles are responsible for are:

    • Legal mass of the vehicle
    • Load restraint of goods or passengers carried
    • Fatigue of the driver
    • Vehicle suitability and maintenance

    This is best explained in a scenario:

    A business books a bus for 24 passengers (consignor). The legal max load for the bus is 24. The journey is planned within the maximum legal hours for the driver. However, a second driver blows the budget (scheduler) on the day and 26 people board the bus. Under direction from the business and driver (loaders), the bus company allows this as its only two more (operator). The driver follows the schedule, but a delay means he will be out of legal hours (driver). The bus reaches its destination, 26 people exit – two more than planned (receiver)…

    To read more, a pdf version of the full article is available for download here.

    This article is from the April 2015 issue of the WA Transport Magazine. The WA Transport Magazine is available directly from the publisher – Angry Chicken Publishing.