Load safety

16 March 2023

Taking steps to address the risks associated with load security is a critical driver responsibility. Not only does effective load security prevent goods from causing danger to other road users, it also helps ensure that goods arrive at their destination undamaged.

National Highways reports that tens of thousands of items are retrieved from the strategic road network. Many require lane closure causing disruption and thousands result in successful prosecutions.

This month’s Load safety toolbox talk informs drivers of the importance of load security, their personal safety and the safety of others when loading and unloading . It covers:

  • What the law says with regards to load restraint, causing danger on the roads, and safe loading and unloading
  • The science behind load safety such as weight, friction, inertia and dynamic forces
  • Overloading and load distribution so as not to exceed gross vehicle weight and maximum axle weights
  • Load restraint systems and what to do in the event of a load shift

Paying close attention to load security must be a primary concern for all drivers. Transporting a safe and secure load not only keeps others on the road safe but also improves journey time reliability which should be the primary aim of all drivers.