The HSE has issued a bulletin for load consignors, vehicle operators and drivers of goods vehicles, who are being reminded of the importance of load security ahead of a national police-led enforcement campaign that starts on 22 July 2019.
The vehicle load security campaign week 22nd – 26th July 2019 is co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and the campaign aims to highlight the risks both to drivers and other road users if goods aren’t transported properly.
The police, working with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), will be carrying out proactive enforcement to identify unsafe vehicles and take appropriate action to keep the roads safe.
It is essential that, whatever load is being carried, it is secured properly on the vehicle. If loads are not secured, they can fall from the vehicle on the road, or move so much they make the vehicle unstable. Unstable loads can also fall out of or off the vehicle when it arrives for unloading.
While drivers are responsible for the safety of their vehicle on the road, consignors and vehicle operators are also responsible for ensuring that the load a vehicle carries is safe and secure from the point of loading right through to unloading.
For more information on load security: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/load-securing-vehicle-operator-guidance/load-securing-vehicle-operator-guidance#utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cdg&utm_term=1907pm&utm_content=awareness-campaign