Why is load restraint important?
Loads that aren’t restrained properly can injure or kill and can cause significant property damage. If the load falls off it endangers the lives of other road users through a direct collision or by causing other drivers to swerve to avoid it.
Your corporate reputation and your financial position can suffer if you’re involved in a load restraint incident due to:
Forces from changes in speed, direction or slope may cause a load to shift.
These forces result from normal driving conditions including braking, accelerating, cornering, road surfaces and air flow.
The weight of a load is not enough to hold it in place. A heavy load is just as likely to fall off as a light load because the heavier the load, the higher the force it experiences.
Under CoR, all parties who have control or influence over the transport task are deemed responsible for complying with, and for breaches of Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) loading requirements. All parties must take reasonable steps to prevent breaches of loading requirements. An example of a reasonable step would be seeking advice about your load restraint systems from a suitably qualified person.
Further information on CoR can be found here.
The NTC has recently completed the review and update of the Load Restraint Guide in close consultation with stakeholders.
Click here to download a copy.
A complimentary guide to help light vehicle drivers safely restrain their load is also available - to access a copy, please click here. A light vehicle is any car, ute, van, truck or trailer that has a gross vehicle mass up to 4.5 tonnes.