Before hiring a heavy haulage transport company, it is essential that you understand some of the terms you will come across in the contract so as you know what benefits you, what does not and what do's and don'ts are involved. It is also crucial that you are able to understand what is expected from you and what you should expect from the heavy haulage company, and after reading the contract, you should be able to ask relevant clarification questions. Understanding the contract will determine whether the transport process of your goods will be smooth. Failure to understand may lead to complications down the road. What are some of these important terms?
Applicable Safety Regulations
These are the various heavy haulage acts formulated to enhance safety and may include but not limited to Environmental Protection Acts, Occupational Health and Safety Acts, Explosive Acts, Radiation, Dangerous Goods Acts and Codes for Transport. They are usually amended, consolidated, replaced or re-enacted from time to time and have to be followed legally to ensure operator, third party and property safety.
Applicable Transport Regulations
This is the general term given to all the codes, statutes, regulations, laws, by-laws and standards that apply to goods. They can be related to the handling, storage, transport and custody of goods. These regulations will also cover all the applicable safety regulations mentioned above.
Carriage or Heavy Haulage
This refers to the service undertaken by the particular heavy haulage company and may include but is not limited to receiving of the goods, storage, handling, packaging, transport, distributing, loading and offloading or even container hire.
This can either be a special, economic or indirect loss in respect of a claim in tort. It can be a loss in production, profits, revenue, contract, goodwill, reputation, opportunity, credit rating or wasted overheads. Additionally, a loss may occur with a claim by a third party.
This is an agreement in writing between the client and the heavy haulage company outlining how the client's goods will be handled as addressed by the services of the haulage company above. It can also be in the form of a consignment note or an electronic booking system, road haulage agreement or rail haulage agreement among others.
The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods has effectively given meaning to this. They include goods that are or may become harmful to individuals, their property or the environment and may consist of goods that are poisonous, explosive, flammable, radioactive or corrosive.