Load re­straint feed­back call

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THE NA­TIONAL Trans­port Com­mis­sion (NTC) has re­leased a new draft ver­sion of its Load

Re­straint Guide, which is de­signed to pro­vide driv­ers, op­er­a­tors, and other par­tic­i­pants in the trans­port chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity with prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to safely trans­port a load.

NTC act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Al­lan says the agency was seek­ing feed­back on the draft guide 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.

“We have lis­tened to our stake­hold­ers who have told us the big­gest is­sue is that the cur­rent guide would be eas­ier to com­ply with if it was eas­ier to un­der­stand,” Al­lan says.

“Items fall­ing from trucks can cause col­li­sions, deaths and in­juries and con­trib­ute to con­ges­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age.

“The aim is to im­prove freight op­er­a­tors’ un­der­stand­ing of how to prop­erly re­strain loads.”

Al­lan says it was im­por­tant make sure the new guide was ac­cu­rate, up to date, and re­flected the prac­tices that had de­vel­oped since the last edi­tion was pub­lished in 2004.

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

Al­lan says af­ter con­duct­ing a tech­ni­cal review, the NTC was not propos­ing to change the cur­rent load re­straint per­for­mance stan­dards for heavy ve­hi­cles – that is the force re­quired to be ap­plied to keep a load on the ve­hi­cle.

“Over the past 12 years, the power of ve­hi­cles and their brak­ing abil­ity has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly and this places greater stress on the load re­straints.

“How­ever, our tech­ni­cal ad­vice is that we need to in­crease the force re­quired to re­strain a load in the for­ward di­rec­tion for some light ve­hi­cles from 0.8g to 1.0g,” Al­lan says.

Once the NTC has con­sid­ered all the feed­back, it will make fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tions for Aus­tralia’s trans­port min­is­ters to con­sider at their next sched­uled meet­ing in Novem­ber this year. Fol­low­ing that, the guide will be handed over to the NHVR to im­ple­ment and main­tain.

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