The Importance of Restraining a Load on a Vehicle
There is an identified need to improve the awareness and understanding of load restraint issues, including the contents of the Load Restraint Guide.What are the current attitudes toward load restraint? What is the motivation to change? Law enforcement and prosecution is one method of changing poor attitude. Heavy penalties apply for unsafe practices. The standard required is the load restraint guide.
…It is sufficient for the prosecution to prove that the load on the vehicle was not placed, secured or restrained in a way that met the performance standards recommended in the Load Restraint Guide….
Many members of the transport industry probably think that their load restraint is adequate, when in fact it is not. However, the reality is that unless your load restraint techniques are in line with the Load Restraint Guide, in particular the Performance Standards, then you are most likely in breach of the load restraint guidelines.
In city areas, it has been observed that approximately 70% of vehicles have no load restraint at all. This stems from practices relating to the short carriage of loads and the thinking that “no restraint is required” for such a short distance, or the load is too heavy to fall off.
Even worse is that some members know full well that they are using poor load restraint techniques and do nothing to change their practice. They take a high risk with the safe carriage of the loads and the lives of themselves and others – they are just plain lucky that they have not had an accident.
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