Load restraint – what are the driver’s responsibilities?
Here are some of the load restraint responsibilities of both the driver and the operator.
As far as the courts are concerned, the driver is responsible in any incident as they are in control of the vehicle. As a driver, you should ensure you and your manager share the same understanding of your responsibility in regard to load restraint.
Firstly, find out whether you are employed just to drive only. If you are employed to drive only, before you depart with the load, ensure you are in receipt of a document, which is signed by the member responsible for loading the vehicle.
It’s also a good idea to conduct a check of the load restraint used to ensure you are happy with the approach. Don’t depart for the trip until you are satisfied.
Secondly, if you are employed to load the vehicle and drive the vehicle, ensure you load the vehicle in accordance with the Load Restraint Guide and check the load regularly throughout the trip.
Finally, if you are unsure about your responsibility, do not drive the vehicle until you clarify exactly what your role is and, if required, are in receipt of the loading document.
Remember, ultimately the court of law will always hold you responsible because you are in control of the vehicle. Safeguard your reputation as a driver by being in control of your actions.
Load restraint training is available online (TLIA107C & TLID407C).
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