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Load Restraint Guide

A load on a heavy vehicle must not be placed in a way that makes the vehicle unstable or unsafe and must be secured so it’s unlikely to fall or dislodge.  Any method of restraint used must comply with the National Transport Commission’s Load Restraint Guide.

The guide provides transport drivers, operators, and other participants in the transport chain of responsibility with basic safety principles which should be followed for the safe carriage of loads on road vehicles.

Loads that are permitted to move relative to the vehicle include loads that are effectively contained within the sides or enclosure of the vehicle body such as:

  • loads which are restrained from moving horizontally (limited vertical movement is permissible)
  • very lightweight objects or loose bulk loads (limited horizontal and vertical movement is permissible)
  • bulk liquids (limited liquid movement is permissible).

Consultation to improve the load restraint guide

June 2017 - The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a new draft version of the Load Restraint Guide and is seeking feedback to make sure it is clear, user friendly and based on the best available evidence about how to safely move the majority of loads carried by trucks in Australia.

The draft third edition of the guide is available at the NTC’s website and consultation is open until 5pm, Friday 4 August 2017.

The guide, consultation report and links to the feedback survey can be found at www.ntc.gov.au/current-projects/load-restraint-guide-maintenance