How can I show I have taken reasonable steps and present a defence?
There are no restrictions on the ways in which a person can demonstrate that they took reasonable steps; reasonable steps will vary depending on circumstances. Training your staff is one of the key ways. Courses from the Transport Logistics and Industry Skills Council are accredited and industry developed.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulation States:
Reasonable steps are the actions people can take to ensure that heavy vehicle drivers do not drive in contravention of road transport laws.
A person in the supply chain can claim a ‘reasonable steps’ defence if they can show they did not know or could not reasonably have been expected to know that a breach had occurred.
In making a ‘reasonable steps’ claim a person would also have to prove: