Road Haulage Association Limited Condition of Carriage
1998- Effective 1stSeptember 1998
A&M South Wales Ltd (Hereinafter referred to as “the carrier”) in not a common carrier and accepts goods for carriage only upon carriage only upon that condition and the conditions set out below.
No Servant or agent of the carrier is permitted to alter or vary these Conditions in any way unless expressly authorised in writing to do so by a Director, Principal, Partner or other authorised person.
In any legislation is compulsorily applicable to the contract and any part of these Conditions is incompatible with such legislation such part shall, as regards the contract, be overridden to that extent and no further.
Definitions: In these Conditions: “Customer” means the person or company who contracts for the services of the carrier including any other carrier who gives a consignment to the carrier for carriage. “Contract” means the contract of carriage between customer and the carrier. “Consignee” means the person or company to whom the carrier contracts to deliver the consignment. “Consignment” means goods, whether a single item or in bulk or contained in one parcel, package or containers, as the case may be, or any number of separate items, parcels, packages or containers sent at one time in one load by for the customer from one address to one address. “Dangerous Goods” means goods named individually in the approved carriage list issued from time to time by the health and safety commission, explosives, radioactive material, and any other goods presenting a similar hazard. Parties and Sub-contactors
1). The customer warrants that he is either the owner of the consignment or is authorised by such owner to accept these condition on such owner’s behalf.
2). The carrier and any other carrier employed by the carrier may employ the services of any other carrier for the purpose of fulfilling the contract in whole or in part and the name of every other such carrier shall be provided to the customer upon request.
3). The carrier contracts for itself and as agent of and trustee for its servants and agents and all other carriers referred to in (2) above and such other carriers servants and agents and every reference in these conditions to “the carrier” shall be deemed to include every other such carrier, servant and agent with the intention that they shall have the benefit of the contract and collectively and together with the carrier be under no greater liability to the customer or any party that is the carrier hereunder.
4). Notwithstanding Condition 2(3) the carriage of any consignment by rail, sea, Inland waterway or air is arranged by the carrier as agent of the customer and shall be subjected to the subject to the conditions of the rail, shipping, inland and waterway or air carrier contracted to carry the consignment the carrier shall be under no liability whatever to whomsoever and however arising in respect of such carriage: Provided that where the consignment is carried partly by road and partly by such other means of transport any loss, damage or delay shall be deemed to have occurred while the consignment was being carried by road unless the contrary is proved by the carrier.
Dangerous Goods Dangerous goods must be disclosed by the customer and if the carrier agrees to accept them for carriage they must be classified, packed and labeled in accordance with the statutory regulations for the carriage by road of the substance declared.
Transport emergency cards (Tremcards) or information in writing in the manner required by the relevant statutory provisions must be provided by the customer in respect of each substance and must accompany the consignment. Loading and Unloading (1) Unless the carrier has agreed in writing to the contrary with the customer: The carrier shall not be under any obligation to provide any plant power or labour other that that carried by the vehicle, required for loading or unloading the consignment.
The customer warrants that any special appliances required for the loading or unloading the consignment which are not carried by the vehicle will be provided by the customer or on the customer’s behalf. The carrier shall be under no liability whatever to the customer for any damage whatever, however caused, if the carrier is instructed lo load or unload any consignment requiring special appliance which, in breach of the warranty in (b) above, have not been provided by the customer or on the customers behalf.
The carrier shall not be required to provide service beyond the usual place of collection or delivery but if any such services is given by the carrier is shall be at the sole risk of the customer. (2) The customer shall indemnity the carrier against all claim and demands, whatever which could not have been made if such instructions as are referred to in (1)(c) of this condition and such services as is referred to in (1)(d) of this condition had not been given.
Signed Receipts The carrier shall, if so required, sign a document prepared by the sender acknowledging the receipt of the consignment but no such document shall be evidence of the condition or of the correctness of the declared nature, quantity or weight of the consignment at the time it is received by the carrier and the burden of proving the condition of the consignment on receipt by the carrier and the consignment was of the nature or weigh, quantity or weight declared in the relevant document shall rest with the customer.
Transit Transit shall commence when the carrier takes possession of the consignment whether at the point of collection or at the carrier’s premises. Transit shall (unless otherwise previously determined) end when the consignment is tendered at the usual place of delivery at the consignee’s address within the customary cartage hours of the district provided that; If no safe and adequate access or no adequate unloading facilities there exist then transit shall be deemed to end at the expiry of one clear day after notice in writing (or by telephone if so previously agreed in writing) of the arrival of the consignment at the carrier’s premises has been sent to the consignee; and When for any other reason whatever a consignment cannot be delivered or when a consignment is held by the carrier to await order or to be kept till called for or upon any like instructions and such instruction are not given or the consignment in not called for and removed within a reasonable time, then transit shall be deemed to end. Undelivered or Unclaimed Consignment Where the carrier is unable for any reason to deliver the consignment to the consignee as he may order, or where by virtue of the proviso to condition 6(2) hereof transit is deemed to be at an end, the carrier may sell the consignment and payment or tender of the proceeds after deduction of all proper charges and expenses in relation thereto and of all outstanding charges in relation to the carriage and storage of the consignment shall (without prejudice to any claim or right which the customer may have against the carrier otherwise arising under these conditions) discharge the carrier from all liability in respect of such consignment, its carriage and storage: The carrier shall do what is reasonable to obtain the value of the consignment; and The power of sale shall not be exercised where that name and address of the sender or of the consignment is known unless the carrier shall have done what is reasonable in the circumstances to give notice to the sender or, if the name and address of the sender in not known, to the consignee that the consignment will be sold unless within the time specified in such notice, being a reasonable time in the circumstances from the giving of such notice, the consignment is taken away or instructed are given for its disposal. Carrier’s Charges The carrier’s changes shall be payable by the customer without prejudice to the carriers rights the consignee or any other person provided that when any consignment is consigned carrier forward the customer shall not be required to pay such charges unless the consignee falls to pay after a reasonable demand has been made by the carrier for payment thereof. Charges shall be payable when due without reduction or deferment on account of any claim, counterclaim or set-off. The carrier shall be entitled to interest at 8% above the Bank of England base rate prevailing at the date of the carrier’s invoice or account, calculated on a daily basis on all amount overdue to the carrier. Liability for Loss and Damages The customer shall be deemed to the elected to accept the terms set out in (2) of this condition unless, before the transit commences the customer has agreed in writing that the carrier shall not be liable for any loss or mis-delivery of or damage to or in connection with the consignment however or whenever caused and whether or not caused or not caused or contributed to direct or indirectly by any act, omission, neglect, default or other wrongdoing on the part of the carrier, its servant, agents or sub-contractors. Subject to theses conditions the carrier shall be liable for: Physical loss, mis-delivery of or damage to living creatures, bullion, money, securities, stamp, precious metals or precious stones comprising the consignment only if: The carrier has specifically agreed in writing to carry any such items; and The customer has agreed in writing to reimburse the carrier in respect of all additional costs which result from the carriage of the said items; and The loss, mis-delivery or damage is occasioned during transit and is proved to be due to the negligence of the carrier, its servants, agent or sub-contractor; Physical loss, mis-delivery of or damage to any goods comprising the consignment unless the same has arisen from, and the carrier has used reasonable care to minimise the effects of: Act of God. Any consequences of war, invasion, act of foreign enemy, hostilities (whether war or not), civil war, rebellion, insurrection, terrorist act, military or usurped power or confiscation, requisition, or destruction or damage by or under the order of any government or public or local authority. Seizure or forfeiture under legal process: Error, act, omission, miss-statement or misrepresentation by the customer or other owner of the consignment or by servants or agents of either of them: Inherent liability to wastage in bulk or weight, fault design, latent defect or inherent defect, vice or natural deterioration of the consignment: Insufficient or improper packing: Insufficient or improper labelling or addressing: Riot, civil commotion, strike, lockout, general or partial stoppage or restraint of labour from whatever cause: Consignee not taking or accepting delivery within a reasonable time after the consignment has been tendered. The carrier shall not in any circumstances be liable for loss or damage arising after transit is deemed to have ended within the meaning of condition 6(2) hereof, whether or not caused or contributed to directly or indirectly by any, omission, negligence, default or other wrongdoing on the part of the carrier, its servants, agents or sub-contactors. Fraud The carrier shall not in any circumstances be liable in respect of a consignment where there has been fraud on the part of the customer or the owner, or the events or agents of either, in respect of that consignment, unless the fraud has been contributed to by the complicity of the carrier or of any servant of the carrier acting in the course of his employment. Limitation of Liability (1) Except as otherwise provided in these conditions, the liability of the carrier in respect of claims for physical loss, mis-delivery of or damage to goods comprising the consignment, however arising, shall in all circumstances be limited to the lesser of The value of the goods actually loss, mis-delivery or damage: or The cost of repairing any damage or of reconditioning the goods: or A sum calculated at the rate of £1,300 sterling per tonne gross weight of the goods actually lost, mis-delivered or damaged: and the value of the goods actually lost, mis-delivered or damaged shall be taken to be their invoice value if they have been sold and shall otherwise be taken to be the replacement cost thereof to the owner at the commencement of transit and in all cases shall be taken to include any customer and Excise duties or taxes payable in respect of those goods: Provided that: In the case of loss, mis-delivery of or damage to a part of the consignment the weight to be taken into consideration in determining the amount to which the carrier’s liability is limited shall be only the gross weight of that part regardless of whether the loss, mis-delivery or damage affects the value of other parts of the consignment; ii) Nothing in this condition shall limit the liability of the carrier to less than the sum of £10; The carrier shall be entitled to proof of the weight and value of the whole of the consignment and of port thereof lost, mis-delivery or damaged: The customer shall be entitled to give to the carrier written notice to be delivered at least 7 days prior to commencement of transit requiring that the £1,300 per tonne limit in 11 (1)(c) above be increased, but not so as to exceed the value of the consignment, and in the event of such notice being given the customer shall be required to agree with carrier an increased in the carriage change in consideration of the increased limit, but if no such agreement can be reached the aforementioned £1,300 per tonne limit shall continue to apply. The liability of the carrier in respect of claims for any other loss whatsoever (including indirect or consequential loss or damage and loss of market), and howsoever arising in connection with the consignment, shall not exceed the amount of the carrier charges in respect of the consignment or the amount of the claimant’s proved loss whatever is the lesser, unless: At the time of entering into the contract with the carrier the customer declares to the carrier a special interest in delivery in the event of physical loss mis-delivery or damage or of an agreed time limit being exceeded and agrees to pay a surcharge calculated on the amount of that interest, and At least 7 days prior to the commencement of transit the customer has delivered to the carrier written confirmation of the special interest, agreed time and amount of the interest. Indemnity to the Carrier The customer shall indemnify the carrier agents: All liability and costs incurred by the carrier (including but not limited to claims, demands, proceedings, fines, penalties, damage, expenses and loss of a damage to the carrying vehicle and other goods carried) by reason of any error, omission, mis-statement or misrepresentation by the customer or other owner of the consignment or by any servant or agent of either of them, insufficient or improper packing, labelling or addressing of the consignment or fraud as in condition 10. All claim and demands whatsoever (including for the avoidance of doubt claims alleging negligence), by whatsoever made and however arising (including but not limited to caused by or arising out of the carriers of Dangerous goods and claim made upon the carrier by HM Customs and Excise in respect of dutiable goods consigned in bond) in excess of the liability of the carrier under these conditions in respect of any loss or damage whatsoever to, or in connection with, the consignment whether or not caused or contribution to directly or indirect by any act, omission, neglect, default or other wrongdoing on the part of the carrier, its servants agents or sub-contractor. Time limits for claim The carrier shall be liable for: Damage to the whole or part of the consignment, or physical loss, mis-delivery or non-delivery of part of the consignment unless advised thereof in writing within seven days, and the claim is made in writing within 14 days, after the termination of transit Any other loss unless advised thereof in writing within twenty-eight days, and the claim is made in writing with in 42 days after the commencement of transit. Providing that if the customer proves that: It was not reasonably possible for the customer to advise the carrier or make a claim in writing within the time limit applicable. Such advice or claim was given or made within a reasonable time; The carrier shall not have the benefit of the exclusion of liability afforded by this condition The carrier shall in any event be discharged from all liability whatsoever and howsoever arising in respect of the consignment unless suit is brought within one year of the date when transit commenced.
In the computation of the time where any period provided by these conditions is seven days or less, Saturday, Sunday and all statutory public holiday shall be excluded. Lien The carrier shall have a general lien against the customer where the customer is the owner of the consignment, for any monies whatever due from the customer to the carrier. If such a lien is not satisfied within a reasonable time, the carrier may, at its absolute discretion sell the consignment, or part thereof, as agent for the customer and apply the proceeds towards the monies due and the expenses of the retention insurance and sale of the consignment and shall, upon accounting to the customer for any balance remaining be discharged from all liability whatever in respect of the consignment. Where the customer is not the owner of the consignment the carrier shall have a particular lien against the said owner, allowing the carrier to retain possession, but not dispose of the consignment against monies due from the customer in respect of the consignment. Unreasonable Detention The customer shall be liable to pay demurrage for unreasonable detention of any vehicle, trailer, container or other equipment but the right of the carrier against any other person in respect thereof shall remain unaffected. Law and Jurisdiction The contract shall be governed by English law and United Kingdom courts alone shall have jurisdiction in any dispute between the carrier and the customer.
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