CUR­TAINS DE­BATE

Owner Driver - - Truck Deals -

It’s been heard on the grapevine that cer­tain NSW Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices in­spec­tors are ru­moured not to be recognising load re­straint cur­tains (LRC) as a pri­mary method of load re­straint.

One reader con­tacted Owner//Driver and ex­plained that un­der Sec­tion E of the NTC’s cur­rent Load Re­straint Guide, “Side cur­tains can be used to con­tain loads pro­vided that the ve­hi­cle and cur­tain sys­tem are cer­ti­fied for the par­tic­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tion”.

The Load Re­straint Guide also men­tions LRCs are only suit­able for loads that are fully packed, mean­ing if you have a 22-pal­let body it needs 22 pal­lets and no gaps.

Owner//Driver spoke with RMS and the NTC, with RMS pro­vid­ing a clear ver­dict on the long-de­bated topic.

“Load re­straint cur­tains have var­i­ous rat­ings. They must be checked against the load be­ing car­ried and used in ac­cor­dance with the prod­uct spec­i­fi­ca­tions,” an RMS spokesper­son said.

“Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices ad­vises cur­tains only pro­vide side­wards load re­straint, not front or back.”

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