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Load security – getting it right!

By: Dave Robbins
02 April 2015

Load security is an important issue for all transport operators.

Get it right and goods will arrive at their destination undamaged – saving time, money and enhancing business reputation. Get it wrong and you could end up with a valuable load spread across the road at a busy junction, causing delays and danger to other road users, leaving an embarrassed transport manager to pick up the pieces and explain to the client what went wrong.

During 2013 the Driver and Vehicle Standards Association (DVSA) issued over 2,000 prohibitions to vehicles which presented a threat because the goods they were carrying hadn’t been safely secured. In an effort to reduce this number and help operators ensure that vehicles are loaded in a safe and secure manner, the DVSA has just released a safe loading guide.

Freely available on their website: the guide has been developed in close consultation with the transport industry. Using video and text, it can be viewed using a variety of devices including PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Information in the guide includes advice on who’s responsible for load security and the consequences of not doing the job properly. There’s also plenty of practical guidance on carrying different types of loads and how to load different types of vehicles.

Commenting on the guide, Andy Mair, Head of Engineering at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), said: “The FTA is pleased to have been given the opportunity to assist in assisting in the development of this DVSA load security guide. It will assist vehicle operators in the transport and supply chain industry in understanding some of the methods of securing loads, and to improve compliance with load securing standards.

The guidance is primarily aimed at general haulage operators, and contains some good practical advice for FTA members which provides them with important information regarding securing loads in curtain side vehicles used on pallet and general haulage type operations, which is to be welcomed.”

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