What is load restraint?

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Load restraint is a system which prevents the load from shifting from its required location. Load containment is a system to prevent the load from moving beyond the boundaries of the container.

The HSE Guidelines For Load Security On Curtainsiders states:

“Curtainsider trailers are essentially flatbed trailers with a weather-protection structure mounted on the bed of the trailer. Generally the weather protection structure is not rated for load restraint…”

Roof Mounted Strapping

Please note that, in line with the VOSA enforcement policies, roof mounted straps and nets alone are not compliant. With this in mind, we have removed some options from this page that we know do not comply.

The Law (Road Traffic Legislation)

The Road Traffic Act states:

A Person is guilty of an offence if he uses, or causes or permits another to use, a motor vehicle or trailer on a road when:

  • The condition of the motor vehicle or trailer, or of its accessories or equipment, or
  • The purpose for which it is used, or
  • The number of passengers carried by it, or the manner in which they are carried, or
  • The weight, position or distribution of its load, or the manner in which it is secured

is such that the use of the motor vehicle or trailer involves a danger of injury to any person

Regulation 100 of the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations states that:

  • A motor vehicle, every trailer drawn thereby and all parts and accessories of such vehicle and trailer shall at all times be in such condition … and the weight, distribution, packing and adjustment of the load of such vehicle and trailer shall at all times be such that no danger is caused or is likely to be caused to any person in or on the vehicle or trailer or on a road.
  • The load carried by a motor vehicle or trailer shall at all times be so secured, if necessary by physical restraint other than its own weight, and be in such a position, that neither danger nor nuisance is likely to be caused to any person or property by reason of the load or any part thereof falling or being blown from the vehicle or by reason of any other movement of the load or any part thereof in relation to the vehicle.

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