Monday, 4 May 2015

DVSA launches new guide to load securing . . .


DVSA launches new guide to load securing

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The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published new guidance for operators, developed in conjunction with industry, on the topic of load security.

The new guide outlines DVSA enforcement methods, where the burden of responsibility for load securing lies, and the potential consequences of failing to secure loads correctly – while also offering practical advice on loading for different vehicle and load types.

The guide can be viewed on PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones, and incorporates video footage to help operators understand what DVSA is looking for when it makes a roadside stop, and how different securing systems can be used.

In a statement promoting the guide’s publication, DVSA said that it issued over 2,000 prohibitions to vehicles in 2013 which presented a safety risk due to poor load security. The agency also claims that 22,000 road impact incidents occurred in England in the same year, as a result of objects falling from vehicles.

Alastair Peoples, DVSA Chief Executive, said: “Everybody involved in the transport chain needs a good understanding of load securing. The guide shows examples of good practice that can be used, and the serious consequences of poor load securing.”

“DVSA will continue to take action against drivers and operators who transport unsecure loads.”

“I encourage all operators to take time to read the guide and follow the practical advice. By transporting loads securely, you’ll help to make our roads safer, and save time and money by reducing the cost of damaged goods.”

In a foreword to the guide, the senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell added: “The operation of all commercial vehicles carries some element of risk and operator licensing is designed to reduce this as much as possible.”

“Taking steps to address the risks associated with load securing is a critical component of your responsibilities, whether as a licence holder, transport manager or driver.”

Both the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association (RHA) were involved in the formulation of the guidance.

Jack Semple, RHA director of policy, said: “We are pleased to have been involved in the production of this guide, particularly in ensuring that the responsibility of the consignor, who is loading the vehicle, is given equal prominence to that of the operator and of the driver.”

FTA head of engineering Andy Mair added that the guide would: “assist vehicle operators in the transport and supply chain industry in understanding some of the methods of securing loads, and to improve compliance with load securing standards.”

He continued: “The guidance is primarily aimed at general haulage operators, and contains some good practical advice for FTA members which provides them with important information regarding securing loads in curtain side vehicles used on pallet and general haulage type operations which is welcomed.”

FTA added that DVSA’s Mark Horton would be promoting highlights from the document at the FTA Fleet Engineer conference, scheduled for Wednesday 10 June at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum.

The new load securing guidance is available on the website, and can be accessed here.

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