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Why Vehicle & Load Securing Has Never Been More Important

Recently, the British Government announced that they would be implementing new border regulations. Among these controversial changes is the raised penalty for drivers caught bringing Clandestine Entrants into the UK.

The fine, which will be raised from £2,000 to £10,000 per migrant found (as of Feb 13th, 2023), will be given whether the driver knew that there were migrants inside the vehicle or not.

(Learn more about the new legislation here.)

Ensuring that all vehicles are secured properly is vital. But securing loads correctly is just as important.

How to secure your loads

Serious injury, prosecution or damaged reputation can all result from poor load securing. In some cases, it can even prove fatal.

According to official DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) guidance, drivers loading vehicles should follow the following guidance:

1. Be sure to choose the right vehicle

The first step towards correctly loading your vehicle is to choose the right vehicle for your load.

2. Take care when loading the vehicle

Whilst keeping the centre of gravity as low as you can, drivers should stack the load against the headboard and make sure that it is stable without lashings. This will help to prevent any accidents and/or injuries from occurring later on during the unloading process.

Boxes, transport frames, chocks, extra lashings and stillages can all be used to stabilise the load at this point. Any damage to the headboard should be fixed as soon as possible.

3. Don’t underestimate how much load restraint you really need

Remember, you will need more force to secure a load when it is moving than when it is stationary.

Learn more about the DVSA’s load securing requirements here.

How is a load’s security assessed?

The DVSA is responsible for enforcing lorry, bus and coach load securing regulations.

They will assess whether the load is stable, whether the load could affect the handling of the vehicle, if there is a danger of the load falling off (or into the front of the vehicle) during transit, or of any other immediate danger to road users during transit.

There are also a number of consequences that occur as a result of poor load securing, including (but not limited to) :

  • Prosecution
  • Serious injury
  • Loss of reputation

In some cases, poor load securing can be fatal.

For this reason, it is vital that all hauliers understand the importance of securing loads properly and the official DVSA guidelines.

For more information about safe loading best practices (including who is responsible for ensuring these guidelines are met), please visit the official UK Government guide.

Alternatively, watch the DVSA’s instructional video.

15 February 2023

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